Feds deny grant request for Fillmore/I-25 ‘diverging diamond’

       Despite regional unanimity and support from the state, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has rejected a stimulus grant request this year for the Fillmore/I-25 interchange.
       The $10 million sought would have rebuilt the existing Fillmore bridge deck and changed two of the off-ramps to create what is known as a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). A relatively new design, DDI directs bridge traffic to the left instead of the right, thus eliminating the on-ramp waits at left-turn signals.
       The request went to that part of the federal stimulus program called the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER).
       “DOT gave Colorado only one TIGER grant this year, and that was for an I-25 project north of Denver,” said City Transportation Manager Kathleen Krager. “CDOT is continuing with the design of a DDI interchange at Fillmore, and the city and state are looking into other funding options for this project.”
       The request had come from the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments board. The project would supercede a previous CDOT plan to replace the entire interchange at a cost of more than $80 million.

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