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Tipton Urges Dept. of Transportation to Focus on Improvements for Roaring Fork and Ft. Carson Areas

October 4, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) ramped up efforts to highlight several important infrastructure projects with senior officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in hopes to secure grant funding through the department’s Better Utilizing Investments and Leveraging Development (BUILD) program.

Yesterday Tipton held a call with DOT Assistant Secretary of Governmental Affairs, Adam Sullivan. One of projects discussed during the call was the Roaring Fork Transit Authority’s (RFTA) Regional Transit Center whose supporters are seeking a $7.9 million grant in conjunction with matching local funds to upgrade an existing and defunct satellite maintenance building into a modernized regional transit hub capable of supporting the region’s growing transportation needs.

“I’ve heard from the Glenwood Springs community on how this project would greatly improve the transportation services in the three-county region and I am glad to support their efforts in securing this grant money,” said Tipton. “I am grateful for Assistant Secretary Sullivan listening to the voices of this rural area and acknowledging how important this project is to them.”

In addition to the Roaring Fork concerns, Tipton requested for the DOT to consider a $25 million grant request to build out an access gate near I-25 between Fountain and Pueblo, Colorado near Oak Ranch Road.

“As Colorado welcomes back U.S. Space Command and continues to serve the many veterans in Southern Colorado, it’s important that the DOT ensure ease of access to these military bases for those who rely on the services provided there,” Tipton added. “Expanding gate access will help reduce the traffic in other areas around Fort Carson and improve access for getting on base, especially for the hundreds of families living in Pueblo County.”

Tipton also spoke on behalf of another project near Fort Carson that would use the BUILD grant money to expand rail services to the military post. Tipton first raised his support of this effort in a letter addressed to Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao earlier this week. The letter reads in part:

“For several years, local governments have collaborated with a private property owner to bring forward a critical new rail connection for the Fort Carson Military Reservation. The new rail spur is an opportunity for the creation of over 6,000 new jobs in economically disadvantaged areas of the local communities in Southern Colorado. More importantly, the jobs created by this initiative will provide excellent post-service opportunities for veterans in the Southern Colorado area. Moreover, this collaborative of local organizations is seeking to increase military preparedness at Fort Carson, Colorado and provide a heavy industrial rail park in Southern Colorado.”

The rail improvement project is expected to draw approximately 35% of the workers needed from Pueblo and Fremont Counties and is seeking $894,000 to complete the study needed to allow the project to proceed.

Tipton’s full letter can be found here.


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