In 2015 The State applied for $273.2 million in the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Unfortunately, Colorado lost out to east coast “heavy hitters” such as New York, Virginia and New Orleans.
Northern Colorado would have benefited if Colorado’s application had been funded. A project to reduce the St. Vrain River floodplain (total cost between $128 – $32 million) and a proposal to replace three bridges on North I-25 were included in the State’s application. This is truly unfortunate. Longmont will have to find another way to pay for “Resilient St. Vrain,” an area hit badly by the 2013 floods. And the North I-25 Elected Officials Coalition lost out on a funding opportunity that would decrease the $2 billion price tag to expand I-25.