Gardner Announces Central 70 Project Funding

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced Kiewit Meridiam Partners LLC has been awarded a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan of up to $416 million for the Central 70 Public-Private Partnership Project with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The project seeks to make several updates, including replacing a ten-mile segment of I-70 east of Denver, to help mitigate traffic and bolster safety.


“I’m thrilled to announce this critical funding for the Central 70 Project, as this project was one of the major reasons I fought to protect TIFIA funding during consideration of the 2015 highway bill,” said Gardner. “With Colorado’s growing population, it’s important we ensure our state receives enough resources to properly serve Coloradans. Infrastructure affects everyone across our state and going forward, I’ll keep fighting for Colorado at the federal level.”


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. If the transportation measure would have passed without Senator Gardner’s requested reforms, the TIFIA program would not have been able to move forward with loans like the one announced today.




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy


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