PUEBLO—The City of Pueblo received notice of funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program with support from Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated nearly $46 million for Colorado transportation projects, with over $16 million awarded to the City of Pueblo.
The project the City of Pueblo submitted for proposal is called the West Side Connector project which feature three distinct components and will receive $16,834,725 to execute the completion.
“The news of funding from the RAISE Grant for the City of Pueblo’s West Side Connector project is appreciated for much needed investment in infrastructure and connectivity in our city,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “This project will modernize roads and main streets in Pueblo’s West Side and prepare the City to build a bridge to provide a critical linkage to the neighborhood. Seventy West Side bus stops will be rehabilitated to comply with ADA standards which provides better access for Pueblo residents. The RAISE Grant was made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law with President Biden, and we are grateful for the opportunity to receive this funding for Pueblo.”
The West Side Connector project relates to reconnecting the West Side of the City of Pueblo to downtown. In the first component, Spaulding/Sun Mountain Blvd. will be extended from 24th St. to 31st St. The second component will rehabilitate 70 West Side bus stops to comply with ADA standard. The third component will be funded as a planning project component, which consists of planning and design for a 24th St. bridge and Downtown Corridor. Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper provided letters of support to DOT for all of the recently funded projects.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is the biggest investment in America’s roads, bridges, and transportation since Eisenhower,” said Bennet. “Now the law is delivering $46 million in federal funding to support Colorado projects that will connect communities, reduce congestion, and strengthen local economies. I urged the Department of Transportation to support these worthy projects across our state, and I look forward to welcoming additional investment in Colorado’s infrastructure from this historic legislation in the years ahead.”
Senator Hickenlooper also offered his support. “Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill funding continues to roll into Colorado. These projects are bridging transportation gaps in Alamosa and Pueblo as well as Glenwood Springs. We hosted Secretary Buttigieg on a tour earlier this year to show Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s value in connecting the region,” said Hickenlooper.
The development of the West Side neighborhood will be important for future economic development in greater Pueblo which is why the West Side Connector Project is such a priority for the City of Pueblo. As a result of this RAISE grant funding and targeted work, Pueblo’s West Side neighborhood will be restored to one that thrives, attracts other investments and is sustainable for its people now and for generations to come. The West Side Connector Project will improve safety, economic strength and competitiveness, equity, and climate and sustainability consistent with DOT’s strategic goals, it is a good use of taxpayer’s money.
The Westward Three project in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Rifle will receive $24.2 million and the Rio Grande Intermodal Transportation Project in Alamosa will receive $4.7 million for the other two projects in Colorado chosen to receive funding by DOT from the RAISE grant program. The funds are part of this year’s $1.5 billion in RAISE grants from the Bipartisan Inflation Law.