Northern Colorado officials working to speed the process of widening Interstate 25 are reviewing next steps after Colorado didn't receive federal disaster recovery funding that could have been used
COLORADOAN - The local "skin in the game" for Interstate 25 expansion won't be going anywhere, Larimer County Transportation Program Manager Suzette Mallette said.
The state of Colorado learned last month that it would not be getting piece of a $1 billion federal grant that could have helped the state rebuild after the wildfires and floods of 2012 and 2013. The Colorado Department of Transportation had hoped to score about $90 million of that to upgrade I-25 bridges that cross the Poudre, Big Thompson, Little Thompson and St. Vrain rivers.
To sweeten the chances of winning the grant, Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly helped engineer an agreement between the county and its municipalities to pool money from an increase in the road and bridge mill levy — essentially the chunk of property taxes collected specifically for roadwork in the counties and municipalities — to go toward a state-and-local funding match.
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