Last week CDOT learned its request for a TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant had been approved by the DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation). CDOT will use the grant to help fund its “Phase 1” program, which will add a third lane between SH 14 to about SH 402.
According to DOT, “the highly competitive TIGER grant program supports innovative projects, including multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects, which are difficult to fund through traditional federal programs. This year’s awards focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities, both urban and rural.” Observers say DOT would not have approved the grant if it had believed the I-25 expansion project was not viable. Therefore, although the grant is less than the full $25 million requested, it is still a victory for all those lobbying for the expansion of the highway.