June 09, 2021

Congressman Neguse Secures $20 Million for 7 Local Community Infrastructure Projects in House Infrastructure Legislation

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse secured $20 million for local infrastructure projects in the 2nd Congressional District in the INVEST in America Act, surface transportation reauthorization legislation in the House. All seven of his requests to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure were accepted and included in bill language. 

The $20 million will provide funding for State Highway 14 in Larimer County, State Highway 119 in Boulder County, and CO-9 between Iron Springs and Frisco, make repairs to the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel, fund a new Transit Center in Frisco, support a roundabout on US 36 in Estes Park, and make improvements to the Big Barnes Ditch Trail in Loveland. 

“We’re incredibly pleased to see funding included for all seven of the local infrastructure projects we requested in the 2nd District,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “From Larimer County to Boulder to Frisco, roads, trails and roundabouts in our communities are in need of federal funding to support repairs and improvements. The funds we’ve secured in the bill text will designate specific funding to each of these projects to help build a new Transit Center in Frisco, support recovery efforts in the wake of the Cameron Peak Fire on State Highway 14 and support local infrastructure projects across our district.”

“CDOT is grateful for the support of Congressman Neguse and the members of the Colorado congressional delegation who are bringing federal support to complete critical work on our 10-year plan,” said Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director, Shoshana Lew. “Getting these critical, community-prioritized needs into the INVEST in America Act is an important step towards eventual investment.”

“The Eisenhower Johnson Tunnel is the gateway to our mountain town recreation-based economy; these needed repairs help provide long term stability to towns like Frisco,” said Frisco Mayor Hunter Mortensen. “Add in the funding to help support multi-modal transportation efforts at our transit center and for Highway 9 will only help meet our climate goals while serving the needs of all who love to live and recreate in the Colorado Rockies.”

“In Summit, transportation improvements are much needed to ensure that residents and tourists can safely and easily access all that our county has to offer. Funding for each of these projects will have a tangible impact on Summit County’s economy and our communities,” said Summit County Commissioner Tamara Pogue. “We’re tremendously grateful for Congressman Neguse’s strong leadership in advocating for each of these infrastructure projects.”

“The State Highway 119 corridor is an essential transportation link for our region,” said Boulder County Commissioner Claire Levy. “The funding that Congressman Neguse is advocating for is the final piece of the puzzle for making badly-needed improvements to the most congested intersection on that corridor. Importantly, this investment would not only improve vehicle traffic flows, it would also include construction of regional transit connections, as well as improved bicycle and pedestrian connections. We appreciate Congressman Neguse’s advocacy for this project which will contribute to the creation of sustainable, affordable, and equitable transportation choices throughout Boulder County and the broader region.”

“We’re so grateful for Congressman Neguse’s leadership in advocating for Larimer’s infrastructure needs. Funding for these projects will support roads and trails across our county and help with road repairs in the wake of the Cameron Peak Fire,” said Larimer County Commissioner John Kefalas. “Funding for transportation and infrastructure is always top of mind for our northern Colorado communities, we’re glad to be one step closer to seeing these federal funds to support and equip our communities for the future.”

The Neguse-led projects included in the upcoming infrastructure package include:  

  • $6.65 million for the Frisco Transit Center, sponsored by Colorado Department of Transportation
  • $5 million for State Highway 119 and State Highway 52 Multimodal Intersection Improvements, sponsored by Boulder County
  • $4 million for Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel repairs and upgrades, sponsored by Colorado Department of Transportation
  • $2 million for Cameron Peak Post-Fire emergency funding for Mile Posts 62-96 on State Highway 14 in Larimer County, sponsored by Colorado Department of Transportation
  • $1 million for widening of CO 9 from Iron Springs to Frisco, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation
  • $850,000 for US 36 and Community Drive Roundabout in Estes Park, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation
  • $500,000 for Big Barnes Ditch Trail Improvements, sponsored by the City of Loveland