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May 20, 2013 11:06 PM by Connie Murphy

$5 million made available for Eisenhower Tunnel

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - New legislation is making $5 million available to install a fire suppression system in the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70, but it's unclear how the rest of the $25 million system will be funded.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, who signed the bill into law Saturday, tells the Summit Daily officials are working on ideas.

Colorado Department of Transportation executive director Don Hunt says the new funding can be leveraged to get more money.

The department also has a new $1.5 billion reserve that was generated by a change in the department's accounting practices, although communities statewide are competing for money from it.

The fire suppression system is meant to buy crews more time to control potential blazes in the busy tunnel between Denver and mountain resort communities.

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