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C-470 Express Lanes project lands additional federal funding

DENVER — The C-470 Express Lanes project got a big boost from the federal government Monday.

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner announced the Colorado Department of Transportation has been awarded a loan of up to $109 million.

“In 2015 Senator Gardner led efforts in the Senate to block changes to the TIFIA program that would have jeopardized this project and several others across the state,” according to a statement from Gardner’s office.

The project is already underway and will expand the most congested part of C-470, between Interstate 25 and Wadsworth Boulevard.

“The C-470 Express Lanes project is part of CDOT’s vision to improve mobility and reduce congestion in this critical corridor,” a CDOT spokesman said.

With this final funding award, CDOT expects the project to be completed by spring 2019.