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WYDOT applying for $35.5 million stimulus grant for Rosie's Ridge

Date: 10/06/2009 

11:43

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
WYDOT applying for $35.5 million stimulus grant for Rosie's Ridge
 
The Wyoming Department of Transportation has applied for $35.5 million in federal economic stimulus funds to complete the final highway improvement project in the 38-mile Togwotee Pass corridor on US 26-287 between Dubois and Jackson.
 
If the stimulus request is awarded, the 6.5-mile Rosie’s Ridge section of US 26-287 would go to contract as early as May 2010, with construction occurring during the summers of 2010 and 2011.
 
The criteria for the $1.5 billion in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grants now being offered include innovation, improving safety, partnerships with a broad range of participants, contributions to the nation’s economic competitiveness, improving energy efficiency and benefitting the environment.
 
“We believe the landslide mitigation and road improvements proposed for Rosie’s Ridge are innovative, improve safety and would benefit the environment for generations to come,” said Shelby Carlson, WYDOT district engineer in Basin.
 
WYDOT is seeking additional letters of support from resource agencies and local governments to include with the grant application. Competition for the TIGER grants is expected to be stiff, but without the federal funds WYDOT will likely delay completion of the Togwotee projects until at least 2013.
 
WYDOT also applied for $100 million in federal stimulus funds for a series of projects to improve safety through a system of wildlife crossing underpasses and overpasses to reduce the number of animal-vehicle collisions on the roads. The structures would be combined with additional fencing along sections of US 191, US 189 and Interstate 80 in some of the heaviest deer, elk and pronghorn antelope migration corridors in the nation.
 
Applications for the grants were due Sept. 15, and the grants are expected to be awarded by Feb. 17.
 
WYDOT is using the $157.6 million in highway construction stimulus money it has already received to begin completing some of the backlog of needed highway maintenance, repair and reconstruction work it hasn’t had the funding to undertake in recent years.
 
MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 public involvement specialist, at 856-1341.
 
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