A $1.2 million federal grant will help upgrade a recently opened gravel road to Fort Carson needed to accommodate extra traffic generated by a new helicopter brigade.
The funds, awarded through the Department of Transportation’s transportation investment generating economic recovery (TIGER) grant program, will pay for pre-construction activities required to pave and straighten the route to the post’s Gate 19, located near Fountain, Colo.
“Getting to the gate is almost a wilderness adventure over a gravel road that is rutted by thousands of cars every day,” reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. Fort Carson’s southernmost gate opened in 2012 to handle personnel coming for a 3,500-soldier aviation unit which is expected to reach full strength by the end of the year.
El Paso County is contributing an additional $300,000 to the project.
“This is the type of common-sense investment I have long championed to help ensure Fort Carson remains a strong, vibrant part of Colorado Springs and the state’s economy,” said Sen. Mark Udall (D).