SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (CBS4) - As President Donald Trump settles into the White House, CBS4 has confirmed his staff is considering the Interstate 70 mountain corridor as a possible future infrastructure project they want to see completed.
The Colorado Department of Transportation officials confirmed Monday that they did submit two proposals to the new administration. Those include a planned westbound expansion of a new peak time express toll lane on I-70 and new projects along Interstate 25.
CDOT submitted the proposals for funding consideration under Trump's pledge to fix aging infrastructure and transportation.
The 13-mile shoulder express lane westbound I-70, across the foothills from Idaho Springs to the Empire exit, would be a mirror image of the already completed eastbound express lane.
That project is already in the pre-planning stages with public input meeting set to begin soon, according to CDOT spokesperson Amy Ford.
The confirmation follows the leaking of a list from the Trump administration's "Priority List: Emergency & National Security Projects" originally obtained by McClatchyDC.com.
"The I-70 mountain corridor remains a high priority for CDOT and also for the entire country because it is vital transportation route across the country," Ford said.
CDOT has yet to hear any official confirmation about where possible funding would come from. The projects were submitted because they both could be ready to go begin actual work "within a year or two."
The I-70 Coalition, a group of stakeholders along the stretch of interstate, welcomed the reports that the road was on the list.
"It means I-70 is on the radar at the federal level," Margaret Bowes with the I-70 Coalition said. "The I-70 Coalition is very pleased that an I-70 project made the president's list for priority infrastructure improvement."
The group sees the news as a turning point.
"We feel that I-70 made that last because the new administration really recognizes that I-70 is a priority corridor that's in need of investment," Bowes said.
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