- 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.


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

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