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Colorado Department of Transportation expects $150 million in stimulus influx

The funding includes $9.7 million for new noise walls along Interstate 25 in the Denver area and $25.5 million for a grade-separated interchange in Colorado Springs

Traffic moves along Colorado Highway 62 west of Ridgway on Jan. 9, 2020. (William Woody, Special to the Colorado Sun)

The Colorado Department of Transportation estimates it will receive $150 million from the coronavirus pandemic relief bill Congress passed late last year.

The state Transportation Commission on Monday approved a proposal to spend the stimulus money on more than a dozen projects, Colorado Public Radio reported.

The funding includes $9.7 million for new noise walls along Interstate 25 in the Denver area and $25.5 million for a grade-separated interchange in Colorado Springs.

The projects are meant to take a “meaningful bite” out of the transportation department’s 10-year plan, Executive Director Shoshana Lew said.

“We’re not trying to do everything, because we just can’t,” Lew said Monday. “But to try to make sure that, particularly given the job creation impacts of these projects, they are spread out in a way that reflects (regional equity).”

Planned improvements also include repairs to U.S. 50 between Grand Junction and Delta, a new transit hub at I-25 near Berthoud and repaving projects on rural roads statewide.

There is also expected to be $2 million set aside for the transportation department’s Revitalizing Main Streets program, which has helped cities create pandemic-era public spaces such as car-free streets.

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