INVEST Act includes three Denver area projects

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The INVEST in America Act, the federal surface transportation bill, includes three Denver area projects totaling nearly $20 million that will improve the safety and efficiency of the city’s transportation network.

The Colorado Department of Transportation would receive $5.5 million to help consolidate rail tracks away from I-25. This would provide space needed for the planned re-alignment of the I-25 transportation corridor through central Denver.

The Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure would receive $6.5 million to reconstruct and revitalize the 16th Street Mall from Broadway to Market Street. The project would improve safety for pedestrians and vehicles.

The Regional Transportation District would receive $7.9 million to replace miles of existing light-rail track, switches, highblocks, and concrete flatwork throughout Denver’s light-rail system. Repairs are necessary to continue safe and reliable operation, the district said, and are a top priority.

The bill is currently in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The three projects were among a list U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) submitted to the committee.

Congress members are allowed to request funding for specific projects in their district for the committee to consider under new House new rules.