Sep 26, 2013 5:40 PM by Kirsten Boyd
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order today that makes $65.5 million more available for flood response and recovery. This brings the total state funds available to $91.5 million.
"There is great urgency to get flood recovery efforts underway as quickly as possible," Hickenlooper said. "This money will help local communities rebuild now instead of waiting for other recovery dollars to arrive."
The governor today also joined the Colorado Department of Transportation to announce estimated opening dates for many highways. The ultimate goal is to complete temporary or permanent repairs to restore mobility on these state highway routes by Dec. 1, 2013.
The total cost of permanent repairs on Colorado's highways is now estimated at $475 million.
The governor's Executive Order signed today transfers $15.5 million from the Controlled Maintenance Trust Fund and $50 million from the Medical Services Premiums appropriation in the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to the Disaster Emergency Fund. Current projections indicate there will be money available above the enacted budget to accommodate this change.
The order also authorizes the Director of the Office of Emergency Management to allocate up to $20 million for short-term, no interest loans to provide any political subdivision of the state with short-term capital needed for flood response and recovery.
CDOT has updated its list of closed highways and estimated reopening dates. All estimated openings are weather dependent and could change based on the conditions of the highway once crews begin the extensive repairs. In addition, some of the corridors will reopen in a temporary state meaning a gravel road or a one-lane configuration. Here is the current roadway schedule:
US 34 between CR 27 and Estes Park: The contractor began the damage assessment this week. More information to come soon, but the goal is to reopen US 34 in a temporary state by December 1, 2013.
US 34 between CR 27 and the Dam Store: This two-mile stretch of US 34 is scheduled to reopen by the end of September or early October 2013.
US 34 between Greeley and Kersey: This section of US 34 will reopen to traffic in late September or early October 2013 as a temporary road. Paving will occur after the highway opens to traffic.
US 34 between 37th Street to CR 49 in Greeley: This section of US 34 Business will reopen to traffic in early to mid-October 2013.
US 36 between Lyons and Estes Park: The National Guard is working with CDOT to make temporary repairs. The highway is scheduled to reopening by December 1, 2013.
US 36 south of SH 66: The location on US 36 has been closed due to a damaged bridge. The repairs are nearly complete and is scheduled to open to one-lane alternating traffic by tomorrow. This will allow motorists to travel from Boulder to SH 66.
State Highway (SH) 7 between Lyons and Estes Park: The contractor began the damage assessment this week. More information to come soon, but the goal is to reopen SH 7 in a temporary state by December 1, 2013.
SH 39 between Goodrich and I-76 and SH 144 between US 34 and Weldona: The contractor is just now able to mobilize now that the water has receded. More information to come soon.
SH 71 near Snyder: The contractor is just now able to mobilize now that the water has receded. More information to come soon.
SH 72 between SH 93 and SH 119: Repairs are underway and should be completed by the end of November 2013.
SH 119 between Boulder and Nederland: SH 119 is scheduled to reopen in mid to late October 2013.
SH 144 between US 34 and Weldona: The contractor is just now able to mobilize now that the water has receded. More information to come soon.
SH 257 between SH 60 in Milliken to US 34: This section of SH 257 is scheduled to reopen by the end of September 2013.