State transportation officials are applying for a $10 million federal grant to supplement the $20 million currently set aside to build the shoulder lane on eastbound Interstate 70.
Construction is scheduled to start in June on the “peak-period shoulder lane” between Empire and Idaho Springs.
Officials have asked Idaho Springs city council members for a letter of support for the $10 million federal grant request. The letter was expected to be approved at a council meeting this week, said City Administrator Cindy Condon.
“All we’re doing is supporting the peak-period shoulder lanes,” Condon said. “Whether the communities want the shoulder lanes coming through the city, our council is not opposed to it.”
The federal transportation grant would come from the Transportation Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER discretionary grant program, which has dispersed $4.1 billion to state transportation construction projects since 2009.
CDOT is expected to move forward with the toll lane project whether or not it wins the federal grant, said Andi Schmid, project engineer.
CDOT officials plan to re-do two I-70 interchanges — Exit 241 atthe east end of Idaho Springs, and Exit 240 atthe middle to town — as part of the toll lane project, she said.