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Senate shutdown deal includes Colo. road provision

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 16 2013 06:38:58 PM CDT

Highway 34 along the Big Thompson River. (Photo: Capt. Darin Overstreet/U.S. Air National Guard)

DENVER -

Colorado's senators say the deal to end the government shutdown includes a provision that would allow the state to get the money it needs to repair roads damaged by flooding.

Right before the shutdown, members of both the House and Senate passed bills to lift the $100 million cap on emergency transportation funds for Colorado. But the chambers must rectify unrelated differences in their bills before a single versoin gets sent to President Barack Obama's desk.
    
Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall said Wednesday that they were able to get the cap included in the Senate deal after days of negotiations.
    
The cap has previously been removed for other states hit by natural disasters.
    
State transportation officials estimate the flooding caused between $300 and $500 million in damage to roads.

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