May 06, 2021

Congressman Neguse Submits Request for Federal Funds to Support Boulder Strong Resource Center, State Highway 119

Congressman Neguse has also requested funds for Nederland’s Big Springs Emergency Egress and CU Boulder’s Rural Outreach Partnership Program

Boulder, CO— Congressman Joe Neguse has submitted several requests to the House Appropriations Committee and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to include funding for specific Boulder County community projects in the FY2022 funding bill and Surface Transportation Reauthorization legislation . Among his requests, he has asked for funds to support the Boulder Strong Resource Center to support an expansion of mental health services, while reducing future costs and saving taxpayer funds in the long-term. Congressman Neguse has also requested $5 million for improvements on State Highway 119, funds to support the Big Springs Emergency Egress in Nederland and funding to support the University of Colorado’s Rural Outreach Partnership program. 

“As Congress works to pass comprehensive infrastructure legislation and finalize this year’s budget, we are working to ensure that Boulder County is allocated direct funding to support local community projects and support our residents,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “In the wake of the March 22nd shooting at King Soopers, it’s critical that mental health resources remain available for everyone in our community and we are working to ensure the Boulder Strong Resource Center is supported and can remain a consistent resource for our community.”

“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.”

“The Northwest Mayors & Commissioners Coalition and Commuting Solutions greatly appreciate the support of Rep. Neguse of the SH 119/SH 52 multimodal project as one of his Member Designated Projects,” said Audrey DeBarros, Executive Director of Commuting Solutions. “SH 119 located between Boulder and Longmont is the top priority for our coalition to address the safety and mobility needs of this growing part of Boulder County. The potential federal funding will be added to CDOT and RTD funding which have already been designated for this intersection, bring full funding for the project to completion. We sincerely thank Rep. Neguse for his support of this important regional investment.”

Congressman Neguse helped secure $63 million in direct COVID-19 stabilization funds for Boulder County, and $20.5 million for the City of Boulder in the American Rescue Plan. Neguse has been advocating for direct stabilization funds for smaller cities and counties since April 2020 when he introduced the Coronavirus Community Relief Act. 

Boulder County Requests: 

 

Project name: Boulder Strong Resource Center

Amount: $271,740

Recipient: Mental Health Partners, located at 1455 Dixon Avenue, Suite 300, Lafayette, Colorado 80026

 

Project Name: State Highway 119 and State Highway 52 Multimodal Intersection Improvements

Recipient: Boulder County

Requested Amount: $5 million

 

Project name: Big Springs Emergency Egress

Amount: $600,000

Recipient: Town of Nederland, located at 45 W. 1st Street, Nederland, Colorado 80466

Explanation: The request supports an emergency egress that would increase resident safety in the Big Springs subdivision in Nederland in the event of a forest fire. There are currently limited exit routes from the neighborhood, which could potentially be deadly and pose a risk to residents within the subdivision if a wildfire blocked the existing exit routes.

 

Project name: University of Colorado Boulder Rural Outreach Partnership Program

Amount: $266,180

Recipient: University of Colorado Boulder, located at CASE W220, 200 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309

Explanation: The Rural Partnership Outreach Department of the Office of Pre-College Outreach and Engagement was created to provide more pre-college programming and outreach to low-income and first-generation students in rural communities across Colorado, including Fort Morgan and the San Luis Valley. The goal of this program is to strengthen and formalize pathways from middle school to high school, and from high school to post-secondary studies by implementing grade appropriate programming to support academic success, persistence, and retention of first generation and low-income students in Fort Morgan and the San Luis Valley. This programming includes college and career exploration from seventh through twelfth grade. Moreover, the program provides access to technology through the purchase of lender laptops, connectivity through hotspots, academic student evaluation and intervention, and the opportunity to engage with local businesses for earned income through the creation of internship/apprenticeship programs. Furthermore, student participants will be provided an opportunity to attend a 2-week academic summer residential program at the University of Colorado Boulder to help familiarize themselves with the physical environment of a college campus during the summer between their Junior and Senior years in high school. This project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it would provide essential resources for first generation and low-income students.

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