Anyone who has sat in traffic on Interstate 25, or heard me talk about it, knows that we have to tackle our transportation needs.  This off-session I spend many days out in other districts, looking at their issues with the State’s roads and bridges.  We have billions of dollars of work to do and more and more pressing needs by the day.  Currently we have a plan in place for the expansion of north I-25.  It is called an Environmental Impact Statement and the effective piece of the EIS is the Record of Decision.  The ROD for north I-25 was designed in three phases, the last of which will include a public/private partnership on a managed (toll) lane and an additional general purpose lane is anticipated for completion in 2065.  Speeding that process up takes money and money is something short supply these days.


Looking Ahead

There have been a variety of proposals in the last few legislative sessions designed to help leverage current revenues. After voters roundly rejected the Fix Our Damn Roads and a sales tax increase for transportation we will have to be more creative. The current trust in our Colorado Department of Transportation is at a low ebb. Folks are driving on congested roads, bouncing over potholes and, daily, see the reminders of our need to keep up with the increase in population and decline in our road surfaces. Building that trust, both in clearly prioritizing improvements, not just projects, and fully funding them will show the voters that establishing critical priorities and finishing the job means that dollars invested have a direct impact on their lives. Its no different than anything else people buy, they need to see that it is a quality product that fits their need. Anything less is wasteful.
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