U.S. Department of Transportation pledges $30M more for Colorado flood road repairs; total now $35M
DENVER - An additional $30 million in emergency relief funds is being made available to help Colorado cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by recent flooding.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is making the funds available immediately, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced Wednesday.
The Department allocated $5 million to Colorado last week -- bringing the total to $35 million.
“While Colorado begins the difficult work of recovering from these devastating floods, we will do everything we can to help restore vital transportation links,” said Secretary Foxx.
Major flooding across Colorado caused by heavy rain washed out or closed numerous highways and bridges in Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Denver, Gilpin, Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties in eastern Colorado.
Highways 14, 34 and 36 were hit particularly hard, with roadway damage exceeding 20 miles in each case.
The preliminary damage cost estimate statewide is $40 million for roads and $112 million for bridges.
Of the funding provided Wednesday, $25 million will immediately support current efforts to re-open closed roads, provide detours and protect damaged structures, and $5 million will go toward road and bridge repairs on federally-owned lands, including the Rocky Mountain National Park and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge.
“We will work with Colorado to repair and restore all the roads and bridges that were damaged or destroyed,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. “Our commitment to the citizens of Colorado during this disaster is steadfast.”
Another $100 million will come from The Colorado Department of Transportation's emergency fund, said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford.
"Our transportation commission will be allocating the entire contingency fund that CDOT has… to start paying for any of these repairs," said Ford.
CDOT also plans to tap into funding sources provided by FEMA.
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