Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - First Highway Project Ground Breacking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009



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CDOT BREAKS GROUND ON FIRST AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT HIGHWAY PROJECT

ARAPAHOE COUNTY-- Today, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter joined representatives from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the City of Littleton and other state and local officials to mark the start of Colorado's first highway project funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

"The Recovery Act has already begun helping Colorado's economy by preventing cuts in school budgets, giving working families tax breaks and increasing aid to the unemployed," said Governor Ritter. "But now we will also be able to see physical work on our much-needed roadway infrastructure. I am proud that Colorado has begun putting the Recovery Act dollars to work. As more of these projects get underway, thousands of people will be put back to work, improving our economy and strengthening our communities."

The $1.2 million project will rotomill and resurface approximately one mile of Belleview Avenue (State Highway 88) between Federal Boulevard and Santa Fe Drive in asphalt and will replace concrete curb and gutter. The segment of roadway is currently in poor condition and is it great need of a new driving surface.

The 30-day project will employ approximately 30 private-sector workers in the construction industry allowing Aggregate Industries, the contractor for this project, and its subcontractors to save jobs.

Two more Recovery Act projects are starting this week. Work begins later today to resurface a 21-mile section of State Highway 62 between Telluride and Ridgway. Tonight, CDOT begins another project on I-70 to repair or replace three miles of old concrete between Kipling Street and Wadsworth Boulevard.

As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, Governor Ritter unveiled the highway signs that will mark each Recovery Act project. Because these projects are unique from typical federally-funded projects, FHWA provided guidelines for design layout and color and strongly encouraged states to post these signs on all projects funded by ARRA.

"Americans fifty to a hundred years from now will look at these signs and be reminded of the fact that when faced with crisis, we acted -- not only to create jobs and hasten our recovery, but to lay the foundation for long-term growth and lasting prosperity," said U.S. Senator Michael Bennet.

U.S. Senator Mark Udall added, "These signs are a reminder to all of us that investments from the economic recovery plan are being put to good use and helping to create jobs in Colorado."

To date, CDOT has committed funds for 32 projects across the state. Among those, 27 projects have been advertised for bids and CDOT has selected contractors for 20 projects. To see a list of projects, go to www.dot.state.co.us/arra/.


In all, Colorado will receive more than $400 million for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects.