FIRESTONE — Local officials met with Colorado’s U.S. senatorial delegation to discuss pushing for federal transportation funds to help expand the northern Interstate 25 corridor.
The Firestone Board of Trustees heard updates from members of Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall’s offices about the issue at the Jan. 8 board meeting.
The board is working in conjunction with the North I-25 Coalition to encourage Bennet and Udall to reauthorize the 2014 Federal Transportation Bill, which would provide funding for expansion of the northern I-25 corridor by 2020.
The North I-25 Coalition is comprised of representatives from the 11 communities and two counties along the corridor and is focused on helping to relieve congestion and expand the Interstate 25 corridor in Northern Colorado, which is vital to transportation, community growth and economic development. Paul Sorensen, mayor pro-tem for the Town of Firestone, was appointed by the Board of Trustees to represent the town on the Coalition. This appointment will position Firestone as a partner to help solve the ongoing needs for growth and expansion of the northern Interstate 25 corridor.
“Expanding the northern Interstate 25 corridor is vital to our communities as we continue to grow, attract new industries, expand our economic development and reduce congestion for our residents,” Sorensen said. “Finding a quicker solution for funding this project will be my focus as I represent Firestone on the Coalition.”
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has proposed a conversion of one of the three general purpose lanes to a toll lane between 128th Avenue to Colo. Highway 66. According to CDOT, by converting the one lane to a toll lane, it would allow CDOT to generate funds to add a third lane from Colo. Highway 66 north to Colo. Highway 14 within the next 20 years. Without it, CDOT estimates that the funding would not be available until 2075.