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Buck Urges Department of Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to Support Greeley Regional Interchange Project (GRIP)

July 12, 2021
Press Release

GREELEY – Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg expressing support for the City of Greeley’s application for a $25 million grant under DOT’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program for the Greeley Regional Interchange Project (GRIP).

“Colorado’s tremendous growth and economic development have highlighted the need to improve the safety, efficiency, and accessibility of roads and highways in the state,” said Rep. Buck. “I’m particularly concerned about the intersection of U.S. Highway 34 and 35th Avenue, where most of the city’s car accidents take place. GRIP would change the intersection from a four-way traffic light to an overpass and provide safer bike and pedestrian crossings. I urge Secretary Buttigieg to consider the City of Greeley’s grant application and GRIP’s importance to the people of Northeast Colorado.”

GRIP proposes critical improvements to enhance local and regional accessibility and safety along the corridor by authorizing future transit services between Greeley, Loveland, and Fort Collins, removing certain traffic signals and bike and pedestrian crossings, and providing safer bike and pedestrian crossings.

Background:

U.S. Highway 34 is a key regional highway connecting Northern Colorado’s largest regional population and economic centers.

The intersection of U.S. Highway 34 and 35th Avenue is the highest volume intersection in Greeley, Colorado, with approximately 34,000 cars traveling through it each day.

City of Greeley officials believe GRIP could reduce car accidents by nearly 80 percent.

Read the full letter here.

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