DENVER - When the United States Senate passed an agreement to reopen the federal government, it included emergency transportation funding that will allow for the rebuilding of more than 200 miles of highways and bridges damaged by the September flooding.
Colorado will now have access to $450 million instead of the $100 million the federal government previously was making available.
"We're now able to connect communities that were literally marooned by these floods. They can now reconnect to the economy of the state of Colorado and get back up on their feet," U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said.
The goal is now to rebuild roads and reconnect communities by Dec. 1.
The funding is being hailed as having been made possible as a result of bipartisan work by the Colorado congressional delegation.
"This is going to be an election year. The Republicans and Democrats are going to take their sides, but when you are dealing with a natural disaster like this politics has to be set aside and these guys all did that," Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper said.
"The people of Colorado need to know that their delegation does work well together on this issue particularly, but so many other issues. We try to get together regularly to meet to talk about those things important to Colorado, but this was once again a highlight of how we work together when you drop the differences and bitter arguments of the past that going forward you can accomplish good things together," Congressman Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) said.
The agreement to reopen the federal government and provide emergency transportation funding to Colorado was supported by the entire delegation with the exception of Congressman Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican.
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