May 14, 2020

Congressman Neguse, Colorado Delegation Members Call for Extension of Federally-Funded Transportation Project Deadlines

Many states and cities are struggling to meet project deadlines due to COVID-19 expenditures

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, along with Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Cory Gardner, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Congressman Jason Crow and Congressman Scott Tipton, called for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to allow for increased flexibility in, or an extension of, project deadlines for the completion of federally funded transportation projects. This would provide assistance for states and cities facing budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic who worry they will lose federal transportation funding.

In a letter addressed to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao, Congressman Neguse noted that many states and cities are being forced to delay, halt, or postpone infrastructure projects—putting them at risk of missing federally mandated deadlines, and also being unable to meet local and state financial match requirements due to budgetary constraints. The letter asks for a relaxation in the project deadlines and a waiver of the local and state match requirement during the pandemic.

“States and cities are struggling to meet project deadlines set before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and risk losing their federal matching funds if they are unable to do so,” reads the letter. “At a time when states are struggling to create budgets for the upcoming Fiscal Year, and when our nation’s infrastructure continues to be in desperate need of repair, we should take steps to make sure state and local governments can continue to rely on the federal cost-share for their obligated projects, by making it easier to extend their project timelines or waiving the state and local match requirement.” 

View text of the letter here.