July 15, 2021

Neguse Secures $525,000 to Build an Emergency Egress in Nederland as Part of House Appropriations Bill

Congressman Neguse toured the site for the Emergency Egress in May, see photos here. 

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced that his request for federal funding to build an Emergency Egress in the Town of Nederland has been included in the House appropriations bill. Currently the Big Springs subdivision in the Town of Nederland has limited exit points which poses major risks in cases of wildfire or other emergency. This funding would build an emergency egress toincrease resident safety in cases where primary exit points become blocked or otherwise damaged.

In total, Congressman Neguse secured over $6 million in funding for community projects in his district to be included in the end of year spending bills.

“When wildfires break out, being able to distance yourself from the area is essential,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “For folks in Big Springs, limited escape routes leave them in danger of being trapped when fires block their traditional exit points. Building this emergency egress will give residents a better chance of survival in an emergency situation, and I am grateful to announce that funding for this project will be included in this year’s appropriations bill.”

“The Town of Nederland has been pursuing funding for an emergency egress out of the Big Springs neighborhood for many years,” said Karen Gerrity, Nederland Town Administrator. “This is a critical need due to the increase in wildfire activity in the county and especially in the mountain area. We are grateful to Congressman Neguse and his team for identifying this as a priority project for federal funding and providing our community with a voice at the national level.”

The Big Springs neighborhood in Nederland, Colorado, currently has two major access points. If those points become obstructed, the residents of this subdivision would be placed in greater danger. This funding would support the construction of an emergency egress to provide residents with emergency routes to use in case of disaster, and also to be used by emergency personnel if necessary to enter the neighborhood. 

Read Congressman Neguse’s full request

Neguse submitted several Community Project Funding requests to the Appropriations Committee, and has had remarkable success advocating for projects in Colorado’s 2nd District. The Big Springs Emergency Egress is among the 9 Neguse-sponsored projects to be funded by this round of appropriations.