Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Sec. LaHood Kicks Off Recovery Project


TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009

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Photos from the Event

Sec. LaHood and Gov. Ritter Break Ground on Recovery Project 1

Gov. Ritter Jackhammers



Sec. LaHood and Gov. Ritter Break Ground on Recovery Project 2

Gov. Ritter Addresses Crowd



Sec. LaHood and Gov. Ritter Break Ground on Recovery Project 3

Sec. LaHood Addresses Crowd


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Gov. Bill Ritter and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter today broke ground on Colorado's largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project to date, a $32 million C-470 highway and bike path project. The project will give drivers and bicyclists a smoother trip, offer more transportation options, and help put people back to work.

"This project is helping to put the Denver region on the road to economic recovery," said Secretary LaHood. "The C-470 project is a great example of metro Denver's commitment to reducing highway congestion while also improving a very popular bike path that connects parks all over the area. When I talk about investing in livable communities across America, this is exactly what I mean."

"We are honored to host Secretary LaHood as we break ground on one of the largest roadway projects in Colorado to be funded by the Recovery Act," Gov. Ritter said. "The launch of the C-470 project is another important example of how Colorado is quickly putting the Recovery Act to work to create jobs, reboot the economy and invest in a modern transportation system."

Click here to listen to Gov. Ritter's complete remarks.

"This project is key to easing traffic congestion and ensuring access to the metro area for commuters and recreational users," said Congressman Perlmutter. "Investments in these types of projects are already helping our aging infrastructure and saving and creating good paying jobs for the 7th Congressional District and Colorado."

Livable communities can offer residents choices among different modes of travel -- from highways to light rail to bike paths. The C-470 project is estimated to cost $32.3 million. Work will include the resurfacing and rehabilitation of nine miles of highway and various sections of the bicycle path. The project is scheduled to be complete in September 2010.

C-470 extends about 26 miles from I-25 in the south to I-70 in the west through Douglass and Jefferson counties. Vehicle traffic has grown from 40,000 vehicles per day in 2004 to 75,000 in 2008.

ARRA funding for highway projects may be used for restoration, repair, construction, and other activities under the Surface Transportation Program. Each proposed project must be approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Governors must certify that proposed projects meet certain conditions and that the state will use ARRA funds in addition to, not in replacement of, state funding of transportation projects.

Priority is given to projects that are projected to be completed within three years, are located in economically distressed areas, or will maximize job creation and economic benefits.