Vail Valley projects don’t make stimulus list
Eagle County, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The Colorado Department of Transportation isn’t planning to fund any Eagle County projects with money it gets from President Obama’s stimulus plan.
The House passed Obama’s $819 billion stimulus bill in a 244-188 vote Wednesday. The Senate could start discussing the bill Monday and officials plan to have the stimulus package finalized by the middle of February.
State transportation officials have spent months preparing lists of projects that are ready to go to construction and eligible for federal money. The projects are prioritized into an “A,” “B” and “C” and none of the county’s projects made the “A” list.
The department plans to get about $30 million to put toward projects in a 14-county area ” which includes Eagle County ” called Region 3. The “A” list has $31.3 million in projects on it that are located in Rio Blanco, Delta, Mesa and Garfield counties.
“Depending on funding levels we will start with the ‘A’ list and go to ‘B’ list projects,” said CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks.
Redoing a 10-mile stretch of I-70 from Gypsum to Eagle is the first project on CDOT’s “B” list. The project is estimated to cost $12 million.
Safety and the economy of the area are two factors that have gone into prioritizing projects, according to CDOT officials.
The project priority list could still change, Shanks said.
“Depending upon funding amounts, we may move a costlier project up the list if we can build it and move a less expensive project down on the list,” Shanks said. “It’s a working list that will change some depending upon the specifics in the bill.”
The state transit department will only be responsible for distributing transportation money in the bill. Other money could be available for projects related to water and aviation.
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