Highway funds legislation set to expire | SummitDaily.com

Highway funds legislation set to expire

SUMMIT COUNTY – Congress has until the end of the month to reauthorize funds for highway projects under the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century (TEA-21).

If Congress fails to meet the Sept. 30 deadline, states will not receive federal funds.

To ensure projects will continue to forge ahead, the Colorado Transportation Commission decided to provide local entities with $7.5 million so projects won’t be interrupted.

“We believe Congress will be working hard on reauthorization,” said commission chairman Joe Blake. “However, it seems unlikely that we’ll have a new bill by Oct. 1.”

Congress passed TEA-21 legislation in 1999, setting federal spending levels for transportation.

The $7.5 million interim funding will be allocated to the North Front Range Transportation and Air Quality Planning Organization, Mesa County/Grand Junction Regional Transportation Planning Organization and the Pikes Peak Area, Denver Regional and Pueblo Area councils of governments.

– Jane Stebbins

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or jstebbins@summitdaily.com.

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