Lakewood, Colo. – Today U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) announced support for projects across the 7th Congressional District as part of the newly available Community Project Funding for Fiscal Year 2022 and for Member Designated Projects as part of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s work to reauthorize surface transportation programs.
“I’m pleased to support so many worthwhile projects and investments in our community,” said Perlmutter. “Congressionally-directed spending provides an opportunity to advocate on behalf of the cities, counties and nonprofits in my district and work to secure the funding they need to make critical invests in our community and better serve Coloradans.”
The below projects were submitted for consideration by Rep. Perlmutter but are not guaranteed to receive funding. Click here for additional information on each project request.
Community Project Funding
Project Name: Airport Airfield Lighting Improvements
Project Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport
Requested Amount: $270,000
Project Description: The project would replace the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport’s aging airfield lighting regulators and backup generator to improve safety for airport operations.
Project Name: Body Cameras for the Thornton Police Department
Project Sponsor: City of Thornton
Requested Amount: $309,758
Project Description: The project would support and complete the purchase of body worn cameras for all sworn officers employed by the City of Thornton Police Department.
Project Name: Commerce City Quiet Zones
Project Sponsor: City of Commerce City
Requested Amount: $615,000
Project Description: This project would increase safety at at-grade rail crossings by upgrading to Constant Warning Time and will reduce noise impacts by installing wayside horn systems. Perlmutter has a long history of work on increasing safety at at-grade rail crossings and easing the implementation process for quiet zones.
Project Name: Expanding Services to Domestic Violence Victims in Adams County
Project Sponsor: Adams County
Requested Amount: $2,000,000
Project Description: This project would establish a multidisciplinary Domestic Violence High Risk Team to provide life-saving and comprehensive services to domestic violence victims. The project funds the necessary attorneys and staff to provide these services, as well as funding hotel vouchers to provide temporary shelter for victims who cannot safely return to their homes.
Project Name: Increased Access, Equity and Diversity in Health Careers
Project Sponsor: National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement
Requested Amount: $455,020
Project Description: The project would support the training of residents of medically underserved communities as medical assistants, providing an accessible entry into a health career in a primary care setting. Specifically, the project will support the delivery of NIMAA’s innovative, accredited MA training program for 25 students CO-07, covering their tuition, fees, and technology costs.
Project Name: National Lao-Hmong Memorial
Project Sponsor: National Lao-Hmong Memorial Foundation
Requested Amount: $250,000
Project Description: The project would support construction of a national memorial that honors the service and sacrifices of the Lao-Hmong people (Lao, Hmong, Lue, U-Mien, and Thai Dam), America’s loyal allies during the U.S. Secret War in Laos. It will be located in Westminster, Colorado, adjacent to the U.S. Armed Forces Tribute Garden at Westminster City Park.
Project Name: New Health Clinic Site for Children
Project Sponsor: Kids First Health Care
Requested Amount: $800,000
Project Description: Funds would be used to renovate and upgrade a Kids First facility in Commerce City and allow Kids First to serve more children, offer more services, and provide care that better suits their medical, mental, and dental health needs. The facility will help ensure access to a comprehensive array of services and promote health equity and support the overall health, wellbeing, and success of CO-7’s children and families.
Project Name: RRCC (Reach, Reason, Connect and Create) STEM Education and Workforce Development
Project Sponsor: Red Rocks Community College
Requested Amount: $307,724
Project Description: The project would fund the Reach, Reason, Connect and Create (RRCC) STEM Education and Workforce Development Initiative to support a multidisciplinary comprehensive approach focused on increasing diversity in high- tech skill jobs.
Project Name: Savio Family Residential Campus
Project Sponsor: Savio House
Requested Amount: $300,000
Project Description: Funds would allow Savio to create the first treatment program in the nation that allows a parent needing addiction treatment, their partner, and their children to receive holistic, full-family care in an innovative residential setting. By treating the entire family, Savio will be utilizing an innovative approach to supporting the most vulnerable families in our community and ending generational cycles of addiction and system dependence.
Project Name: State Highway 93 Widening and Relocation Design
Project Sponsor: City of Golden
Requested Amount: $2,320,000
Project Description: The project would support multimodal improvements to a congested section of SH 93 which is significantly over capacity. The funding would complete construction plans and environmental clearances so the project would be ready to start construction and finish upgrades to this corridor.
Member Designated Transportation Projects
Project Name: Federal Parkway Multimodal Transportation Improvements
Project Sponsor: City of Westminster
Requested Amount: $4,107,114
Project Description: The project would fund roadway improvements and bike lanes on Federal Parkway. Greater connectivity will increase the productivity and competitiveness of the local and regional community including a connection to a safe pedestrian crossing of a major arterial road for people to enjoy the regional Big Dry Creek Trail and open space, and new bicycle facilities.
Project Name: I-70 and 32nd Avenue Bridge Replacement
Project Sponsor: Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)
Requested Amount: $2,000,000
Project Description: The project would remove and replace the I-70 Eastbound and Westbound bridges over 32nd Avenue in Wheat Ridge, CO. The project would improve safety and reduce user costs associated with interstate lane closures due to potholing and bridge deck repairs, which have been frequent at this location during the past several years including after a chunk of concrete fell onto a car underneath one of the bridges.
Project Name: Peaks to Plains Trail: Golden to Jeffco Line Segment
Project Sponsor: Jefferson County
Requested Amount: $4,000,000
Project Description: This project would enable Jeffco Open Space to make necessary repairs to the concrete Peaks to Plains trail, improve wayfinding, make needed connections to existing trails, habitat and greenway restoration, and bring this heavily utilized trail segment up to current trail standards. The project would improve trail connectivity between four counties of the Denver metro region and seven cities, with an elevation change of over one mile from the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass to the South Platte Greenway in Adams County.
Project Name: Peaks to Plains Trail: Huntsman to Rigor Mortis Segment
Project Sponsor: Jefferson County
Requested Amount: $2,000,000
Project Description: The project would complete a challenging 0.6-mile canyon segment of the Peaks to Plains trail from Huntsman to Rigor Mortis and build upon locally-funded segments which will open to the public later in 2021.
Project Name: SH-72 (Indiana Street) Widening at Union Pacific Railroad
Project Sponsor: City of Arvada
Requested Amount: $1,095,872
Project Description: This project would provide planning funds to widen State Highway 72 (Indiana Street) from a 2-lane rural highway to a multimodal median separated 4-lane highway complete with bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. The project proposes to replace and update the railroad bridge while also eliminating the highway bottleneck. The project would improve safety, provide multimodal travel options through the use of separated bikeways and sidewalk trails including neighborhood connectivity to multiple schools, and reduce congestion.
Project Name: Wadsworth Widening: 35th Avenue to I-70
Project Sponsor: City of Wheat Ridge
Requested Amount: $10,000,000
Project Description: The project would fund construction of Phase Two to complete the Wadsworth Boulevard project from 35th Avenue to 41st Avenue. The project would improve Wadsworth Boulevard to relieve traffic congestion, manage business access, and provide better facilities and regional connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.
Project Name: West Colfax Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure
Project Sponsor: City of Lakewood
Requested Amount: $1,750,000
Project Description: The project would support construction of sidewalks and, where appropriate, improve crossings for pedestrians and motor vehicles including traffic signals or signalized pedestrian crossings. The project would create a safer experience for pedestrians, transit users and motorists on West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood between Sheridan and Simms Boulevards. This area has Lakewood’s highest frequency of traffic-related injuries and deaths, and safety improvements are urgently needed.
In addition, Perlmutter continued his advocacy for a variety of federal funding programs important to the 7th Congressional District and its residents by supporting numerous programs as the House begins its work on the FY22 appropriations process, including:
• Increased funding for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as well as for the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) which plays a key role in advancing America’s “all of the above” energy strategy and will support NREL in its critical infrastructure needs.
• Support for new facilities for the USGS Mineral Resource Program laboratories at the Colorado School of Mines. The current facility is being seriously degraded by system failures endemic to a now 75-year-old building, which forced USGS to plan a relocation of their facilities into new lab space. Funding is required to begin construction of this project as the COVID-19 pandemic brought the project to a halt.
• Support for gun violence prevention, including a study to assess the science on the potential mental, emotional, and behavioral health effects of firearm violence prevention activities on students and staff in school settings as well as more research around gun violence and funding for community-based gun violence intervention measures. Perlmutter’s initiative for a school safety study was included in the House-passed appropriations packages last year, but the Senate objected to including $1 million for the Department of Education to study the potential mental health effects of active shooter drills in schools, in the final legislation signed into law.
• Support for implementation of Perlmutter’s recently enacted PROSWIFT Act to advance our nation’s space weather research and forecasting. Funding is needed to support the new Space Weather Advisory Group and the law's focus on improving the Research to Operations and Operations to Research pipelines by leveraging the work of American academic and commercial partners.
• Support for investments at NASA and the Department of Defense to support Colorado’s aerospace community. Colorado is number one in the nation for direct aerospace employment concentration and sustained federal investment in our nation’s aerospace programs support good paying jobs throughout the state.
• Support for the Department of Veterans Affairs Epilepsy Centers of Excellence to ensure continued investment and oversight of these centers which provide Veterans with epilepsy the full range of medications and treatments so they can find the best treatment plan for them.
• Continued advocacy for inclusion of the SAFE Banking Act or similar temporary provisions to allow cannabis-related businesses access to the banking system.
• Support for various food assistance programs to reduce food insecurity in Colorado, such as the Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the School Breakfast program.
• Continued advocacy for inclusion of the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Equity Act, a provision which will allow RTD to receive a refund of $29 million plus interest for their 2010 loan for the Denver Union Station project.