No federal money coming to 29 Road project

Local officials were shut out today in their bid to obtain a federal grant to help pay for the 29 Road overpass.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the recipients of $1.5 billion in federal stimulus money available through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER program. No projects in western Colorado were funded. The only project in Colorado to receive funding was a Boulder-area project to extend high-occupancy lanes on U.S. Highway 36. That project garnered a $10 million grant.

Mesa County and Grand Junction had applied for $20 million for the 29 Road overpass, which will cross the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and connect with the Interstate 70 Business Loop. The project marks another step toward connecting U.S. Highway 50 with Interstate 70 via 29 Road.

The lack of federal funding is bad news for the town of Parachute.

The city and county learned earlier this month they will receive $3.2 million in state energy-impact dollars for the 29 Road overpass. Officials said they would return that money to the state if they received federal dollars, and Parachute had hoped for a shot at that money to help pay for a $10 million overpass the town is looking to build.

Check back with GJSentinel.com for updates later today or read the full story in Thursday’s Daily Sentinel.



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