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CDOT Offering $4.1 Million to Cities for Small-Scale Reopening Grants

12-Jun-2020 to 18-Aug-2020

Communities wanting to make creative modifications to state roadways or other public spaces as a way of promoting public health during the COVID emergency can now apply for a small-scale grant from CDOT. This initiative is supporting the Can Do Community Challenge, as part of the statewide Can Do Colorado campaign. Many Colorado cities already have plans to temporarily close streets and give restaurants and other businesses more space to serve their customers. This supports the state's new guidelines that allow restaurants to reopen while encouraging more outdoor dining to help ensure social distancing. However, these changes come with costs for additional safety measures such as traffic barriers, bollards, signage, and on-road painting. 

CDOT's Revitalizing Main Streets grants are intended to help cities offset these costs and safely improve the economy with innovative socially-distanced activities. Grant funding can be used to make changes such as temporarily reducing traffic in a downtown area, providing more bicycle and pedestrian access along the state highway, and converting parking spots and roads into plazas. CDOT contractors are uniquely positioned to assist cities with these changes and should reach out to see how they can help. CDOT is also is offering micro grants up to $5,000 for communities that promote telework to reduce commuter traffic on local roads