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U.S. Department of Transportation awards CDOT $60M federal grant to improve stretch of I-70

I-70 in Eagle County
Posted at 7:20 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 09:24:23-04

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Transportation will receive $60.7 million in federal grants to make improvements along Interstate 70 in Eagle County.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Thursday morning that the grants will help CDOT complete multiple safety projects between post 180 and 190 in the county.

These funds are part of the Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. The program is investing $906 million in total across the country.

The $60.7 million grant for CDOT will help with the following projects in Eagle County:
· The construction of an eastbound auxiliary lane
· Reconstruction of the eastbound bridge over Polk Creek
· Shoulder widening
· Westbound curve modifications
· Reconstruction of the truck ramp at milepost 182
· Enhanced operations, such as dynamic message signs, a variable speed limit system, automated highway closure, and automated anti-icing technologies

These projects will increase safety for all drivers, according to the Department of Transportation.

INFRA advances a grant program that was established in the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.