Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Allard Announces Over $100 Million for Colorado Transportation Projects in Omnibus Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), a member of the
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and
Urban Development, announced today that he has secured over $100 million
for Colorado transportation projects.

"The Omnibus bill includes significant funds for Colorado transportation
projects, including funds to complete the T-REX project and begin
construction on the new West Corridor light rail line," said Allard. "I
am pleased I was able to secure these funds in the conference committee
report, and that they were ultimately in the Omnibus. Additionally,
funds to improve access to the Fitzsimmons campus in Aurora for the
Wadsworth and Highway 128 interchange in Broomfield will make a big
difference to Colorado."

Allard requested the following projects for Colorado:

* $39.2 million for the new West Corridor light rail project line;

* $50.53 million to complete federal funding for the T-REX
* $656,600 for the intersection at I-225 and Colfax Avenue and
17th to improve access to the Fitzsimmons redevelopment project. The
funding will help preliminary engineering and right-of-way acquisition
to assist the interchange construction;
* $588,000 for the Wadsworth & state Highway 128 interchange in
Broomfield, Colorado to relieve peak hour congestion along 120th Avenue,
state Highway 128 and the interchange at US 36.
* $500,000 for the I-70 interchange at the Stapleton
* $3.52 million for the Colorado Transit Coalition;
* $1 million SH 150 (160 to great sand dunes)
* $2.26 million for Fort Carson Gate 20 near I-25 at state Highway
* $1.34 million for US 287 at Lamar (Ports to Plains)
* $490,000 SH 13 WY line south
* $980,000 for US 491 in Montezuma County

Allard opposed the final version of the Omnibus Appropriations bill due
to a controversial measure that prohibited the promulgation of oil shale
development regulations for the Western Slope, which could result in the
millions of dollars being lost for Colorado's rural communities and
school districts.

The final version of the bill now headed to the President to be signed
into law.