Mark Udall, chairman of the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee, welcomed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision April 23 to allocate $3.5 million to repair roads in Rocky Mountain National Park, damaged by the Sept. 2013 flood. The funds, allocated through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads Program, will help fund permanent repairs to Old Fall River Road and for the Alluvial Fan area, and ensure visitors have a safe way to experience national park heritage.
Udall surveyed roads damaged by the flooding inside Rocky Mountain National Park in November 2013.
“As chairman of the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee, I understand firsthand how Rocky Mountain National Park is an economic driver for Estes Park and communities in Larimer and Grand counties. This important investment will ensure that the park is able to rebuild and continue to support mountain communities this year and into the future,” Udall said. “I have been proud to lead the effort to help Colorado rebuild smarter and stronger in the wake of the September 2013 flood. These new funds will help Colorado continue down the road to full recovery.”
Udall, who will serve as honorary chairman of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, has led the bipartisan effort to reimburse Colorado and several other Western states for the costs of reopening national parks during the 2013 government shutdown.