Congressman Jason Crow announced that a full $25 million federal grant for the City of Aurora’s I-70/Picadilly Interchange project has been awarded. The project will improve overall access and cut down on commute times by creating direct access to multiple job, retail, and residential centers as well as increased freight mobility serving Denver International Airport. An estimated 75,000 jobs are expected to be in the area by 2040.
In Sept., Crow led a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao advocating for the grant. Crow had visited the site of the proposed I-70/Picadilly Interchange with Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare in February 2019. The visit was part of Crow’s Lead Locally tours where he travels to different cities, towns, and municipalities in the district each month to meet with city managers and mayors.
The project will help ease congestion, provide greater connectivity to a rapidly growing area, and enhance safety by reducing vehicle miles traveled by roughly 9.3 million miles, which equates to 6 fewer crashes per year.
“This is great news for Aurora. As the third largest city in Colorado, we know how critical infrastructure investment is to reducing traffic and bringing jobs to the area,” said Crow. “I look forward to continuing to advocate for our district so our roads, bridges, and highways can keep pace with our economic growth.”development and affordable housing issues.”
The I-70/Picadilly Interchange project is supported by: E-470 Public Highway Authority, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Aurora Economic Development Council, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Denver International Airport, and Colorado Department of Transportation.
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