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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 4, 2004
Contact: Lori Irving, Telephone: (202) 366-0660
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $6.4 Million for Colorado Highway, Bridge Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced that newly released funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will help reduce congestion, enhance safety and improve traffic flow at key transportation projects around the state. The Bush administration is providing more than $6.4 million for improvements to the historic Red Cliff Arch Bridge and for six other Colorado transportation projects.

"Investing in Colorado's highways is the best way to get people to their jobs, families to their homes and goods to market," Secretary Mineta said.

Several of the projects will ease congestion by making improvements to some of the state's most heavily traveled roads. The Bush administration has slated $1.6 million for the historic Red Cliff Arch Bridge and $1.3 million to help manage traffic and provide traveler information along localized segments of Interstate 70 along the mountain corridor west of Denver.

In addition, more than $460,000 was approved for the improvement of the I-70 and State Highway 58 Interchange in Wheat Ridge.

"The funding we're announcing today is an investment by President Bush in the transportation infrastructure of Colorado and the region," said FHWA Administrator Mary Peters. "The President understands that these investments are important to our quality of life and to keep our economy moving."

Funding for the following projects was provided to Colorado:

Border and Corridors, Santa Fe/C-470, $2,319,567.
Interstate Maintenance total, $840,842:
  • City of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, I-70 and State Highway 58 Interchange Reconstruction, $463,913;
  • I-25, US 36, I-270 Interchange, $260,951;
  • I-76, Fort Morgan, Colorado to Brush, $115,978.
ITS: I-70 Incident Management Plan Implementation, $1,349,970;
Public Lands total $1,923,258:
Red Cliff Arch Bridge, $1,696,992;
State Highway 149, $226,266.

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