Representative Ken Buck along with Senator Cory Gardner, Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Jared Polis hosted a press conference Wednesday, December 14 at Sylvan Dale Ranch west of Loveland to celebrate the continued federal funding for repairing and rebuilding U.S. Highway 34 and other flood-damaged infrastructure in Colorado.
Last week, Congress approved $1 billion in new disaster relief funding for repairing and rebuilding roads and infrastructure caused by natural disasters nationwide. In a bipartisan effort, the two Colorado republicans (Buck and Gardner) and two democrats (Bennett and Polis) worked together to garner $252 million for the Colorado Department of Transportation for flood-damaged road projects, including approximately $186 million to finish repairs to U.S. Hwy. 34.
"I think it's great, (U.S.) 34 is a vital part of northern Colorado's economy and I'm glad that the federal government is going to help rebuild that." said Buck. "I had a neighbor who has a helicopter and took me up in his helicopter and I witnessed the damage from the sky and I was just amazed at the devastation that the flood created...I think it's a necessary use of the funds and I think it will benefit northern Colorado tremendously."
The first phase to repair U.S. Hwy. 34 is underway and is scheduled to be completed in May 2017. Three other phases will be completed as quickly as possible thereafter. This will be a great benefit to residents and businesses in the area.
"It's really a sense of pride to be here and to know that we are building something that will last a long time," said Buck.
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