By Holly Mayfield
– Colfax County is the grant applicant for $17,526,115 in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary grant money for fiscal year 2017. The grant will be combined with $9,189,000 of non-federal matching funds for a total project cost of $26,715,115.
The TIGER nine grant provides funding to help communities with the rebuilding of their infrastructure. The funds will be use to eliminate an old signaling system along 16.6 miles of track, replace a broken culvert, replace rail and ties,and install a new rock slide fence.
The project location spans Colorado and New Mexico. The portion of the route relevant to this application is the 200 miles from Lamy, NM to Trinidad, CO (MP 835 – MP 635).
Colfax County will hopefully know in December 2017 or January 2018 if their application has been successful.