WASHINGTON - Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet are asking Congress to increase the amount of emergency highway money Colorado is entitled to receive as it recovers from the recent floods.
The Democratic lawmakers said they filed legislation Tuesday under which Colorado could receive more of the money Congress has set aside for post-disaster recovery.
The law caps emergency funds administered by the Federal Highway Administration at $100 million per disaster. But Colorado officials say rebuilding and repairing roads and bridges would cost $300 million-$500 million.
Congress has lifted that cap after recent disasters such as Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Irene and the Missouri River floods of 2011, the senators said.
Colorado's House delegation is also expected to file a companion bill.
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