Although the grant process is completed, WSP will continue to provide services to CDOT and El Paso County for the project. The firm will be responsible for the project roadway and interchange lighting design, as well as the electrical engineering support for the managed lane and intelligent transportation system (ITS) components of the project.
Work on the $350 million project began in October 2017, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental assessment was completed in June.
In early September, USDOT announced that the I-25 South Gap Project was one of the grant winners. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held on Aug. 30, attended by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Completion of the project is expected in late 2021, with toll testing continuing through early 2022.
Hundreds of citizens provided input into the corridor planning process, and more than 90 percent of those surveyed said that congestion and safety issues were significant challenges for travel between the Colorado Springs and Denver metro areas.
“WSP helped manage the grant-writing effort and supported the client through a short application schedule deadline, and a complex political context,” Hwang said. “The delivery of this application required collaboration between WSP, CDOT, project sponsors, and other consultant project teams responsible for environmental analysis and design.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation received 234 applications for INFRA grants, and awarded 26 – four of which were managed by WSP. In addition to the I-25 South Gap Project, WSP helped secure INFRA Grants for:
- The Packer Avenue Marine Terminal Capacity and Warehouse Relocation Project, a $110.5 million project for the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, $25.5 million;
- The Heartland Expressway, a $34 million road improvement project for the Nebraska Department of Transportation, $18.3 million; and
- The Ohio River Rail Improvement Project, a $32 million rail project on behalf of the Ohio Rail Development Commission, $16.3 million.
WSP has developed a favorable reputation among transportation organizations for the firm’s capabilities and experience in preparing grant applications for competitive funding programs like INFRA.
“WSP has demonstrated a proven success record with federal grant applications over the past decade, with an ability to show the benefits that will be realized through these important infrastructure projects,” Hwang said.
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