- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A $15 million federal grant will help fund the expansion of a stretch of Interstate 25 in northern Colorado.

The Coloradoan (https://noconow.co/2achP8g ) reported the funding, announced Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, will help add a tolled express lane in each direction between Fort Collins and Loveland, bringing the total number of lanes to six.

The grant supplements a pool of $25 million from local communities. The total cost of the project is estimated at $235 million.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokesman Jared Fiel says federal and state transportation funding will cover the balance.

Bennet says congestion on I-25 is stifling economic growth and hurting people’s quality of life. Sen. Cory Gardner, who also pushed for the grant, praised the move.



CDOT hopes the project can begin next fall.

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Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, https://www.coloradoan.com

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