State officials have yet to put a price tag on the damage. The U.S. Department of Transportation has pledged an initial $35 million, and Colorado has allocated $100 million. In Vermont, Minter warned, fixing roads and bridges has cost nearly $500 million and counting.
Colorado's congressional delegation is lobbying the House and Senate Appropriations Committee to raise the Federal Highway Administration's $100 million funding cap for emergency relief to $500 million — an amount approved after Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast last year.
Back in Boulder County, Transportation Manager George Gerstle warns that the one-lane gravel and dirt roads will be substandard and require slow, careful navigation this winter.
When it comes to travel, Gerstle said, "we're basically looking at a new normal."
Associated Press Writer P. Solomon Banda contributed to this report.
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