Congress passes bills to lift spending cap on road repairs for Colorado
A damaged road in Estes Park. Sept. 17, 2013
DENVER — Both the U.S. House and Senate passed different versions of a bill Monday that lifts the $100 million cap on emergency funds to repair roads and bridges damaged in floods in Colorado.
Congress has removed the cap for other states following costly natural disasters.
Sen. Michael Bennet says the damage to roads is estimated at $300-500 million from the flooding in Colorado.
“The damage to our roads and bridges is devastating and will be a critical need throughout the rebuilding process,” Bennet said. “With cost estimates already exceeding the emergency funding caps, it is crucial that this funding cap be lifted for Colorado to get this important infrastructure back in working order.”
The House and Senate need to come to an agreement on one version of the bill before it can go to President Barack Obama for his signature.