A $20 million federal grant will help widen Interstate 25 between Loveland and Berthoud, and Colorado will receive another $20 million in federal funds to modernize roads throughout the state with advanced technology, U.S. senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner announced Thursday.
In addition, Glenwood Springs has been awarded a $7 million grant to upgrade infrastructure along South Midland Avenue, one of its main thoroughfares, including a new waterline and broadband technology, the senators said.
“As Colorado continues to grow, we need to ensure our infrastructure is prepared to handle it,” Gardner, a Republican, said in a statement. “Going forward, I will continue to work with my colleagues and the administration to help address infrastructure needs across our state.”
Bennet, a Democrat, hailed the $47 million in funding as a “significant investment to keep pace with our state’s continuous growth.”
“Thanks to the tireless efforts of Northern Colorado communities, this $20 million for North I-25 will build on past TIGER grants to decrease congestion in one of the state’s busiest corridors,” Bennet said in a statement.
“With its $20 million grant, CDOT will be able to invest in new connectivity infrastructure as Colorado prepares for emerging vehicle technologies. Finally, this well-deserved $7 million grant will allow the city of Glenwood Springs to make significant improvements to the road and broadband infrastructure along the Roaring Fork River, enhancing the safety and quality of life for its residents.”
All three grants are part of the federal Department of Transportation’s discretionary Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program.
The I-25 grant will help pay to widen the roughly 5-mile stretch from State Highway 56 near Berthoud to State Highway 402 near Loveland by adding an express toll lane in each direction.
CDOT estimates the I-25 corridor north of the Denver metro area will see a 60-percent increase in traffic by 2040, the senators said in a release.
The $20 million statewide grant will help CDOT build out its advanced “vehicle-to-everything" project, known as V2X, which lets smart vehicles share data with the transportation system, allowing for more efficient and safer traffic management.
The project includes installing more than 200 miles of advanced fiber optic networks along highways in rural Colorado, accelerating the deployment of broadband in parts of the state that lack it.