The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), did not approve a $137.6 million grant application from the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO), for improving I-25 between SH 402 and SH 14. About $800 million is available this year in the FASTLANE (Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies) grant program.
DOT received 212 applications from around the country totaling $9.8 billion in requests. It awarded 18 grants: No projects from Colorado were funded. Had NFRMPO’s request been granted, it would have been a big boost to the ongoing, cooperative effort by local governments and elements of the business community to improve north I-25. Some of the cities that were awarded grants included Phoenix ($54 Million), San Diego ($49 million), Washington DC ($90 million), Savannah ($44 million) and Boston ($42 million). CDOT has also applied for a $25 million TIGER grant for the same stretch of I-25 and should know the status of that grant by September.