by Denver Post

“The only problem is the Colorado Department of Transportation doesn’t have the money to start construction.”

Westbound express toll lane also part of proposal

Colorado transportation officials on Tuesday released plans costing up to $550 million to improve the westbound Interstate 70 bottleneck at Floyd Hill by adding an additional lane and even building a tunnel to keep cars moving.

The only problem is the Colorado Department of Transportation doesn’t have the money to start construction.

The proposal, though, gives CDOT a jumping off point to address the growing congestion problems along the I-70 mountain corridor from Denver to ski country.

CDOT says it has been working with local elected officials and stakeholders to develop the concept unveiled this week, which they say would accommodate more westbound travelers.

State and federal highway officials have been working with a team of stakeholders, including representatives from Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County, Jefferson County, ski resorts and the general public, since signing a “2011 Record of Decision” about the I-70 mountain corridor and the Floyd Hill study area, said Stacia Sellers, CDOT communications manager.

The plan calls for I-70 to be reconfigured with simplified curves, bridges and walls to improve line of sight and driver safety. That would come in the form of a tunnel at the bottom of the interstate near Idaho Springs and a widening of the westbound lanes from two to three.

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Americans for Transportation Mobility

America’s infrastructure is being surpassed by other nations. Additionally, investment in transportation has dropped as a share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as population and maintenance needs and congestion impacts grow.

The American public and the business community support increased investment in infrastructure and transportation stakeholders are urging expedient policies from President Trump and Congress.

Mike Mota, Vice President of Engineering for the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), says our infrastructure needs to be rebuilt now. CRSI is a member of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), which is another important player advocating for recharged federal infrastructure legislation and a better transportation system.

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January 9, 2017

When the Colorado Legislature convenes Wednesday, no priority is higher than transportation, leaders, lobbyists and motorists agree.

They also agree the state’s top priorities are widening Interstate 25 north of Monument to Castle Rock and north of Denver to Fort Collins, as well as the I-70 corridor from Denver to the high country.

That’s where the traffic jams, crash fatalities and circulatory system of trade and commerce coexist. And along those routes are where votes are decided.

Colorado has nearly $9 billion in road and bridge needs, but only a proposed $1.4 billion annual budget that is consumed almost entirely fixing exiting roads and bridges, plowing snow and preventing rockslides and avalanches.

A much-discussed and widely supported plan to borrow $3.5 billion for signature projects and priorities would need to go to the ballot next November, if it is paid back with a direct increase in taxes. The Legislature during the next four months could agree to refer a bond issue to the ballot.

Besides how the tab gets paid, they will have to agree on how the cash gets spread around and which projects get built first. Those debates are yet to come in the Capitol, before voters get a crack at it.

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9NEWS – More than a week after the first rains fell, the Colorado Department of Transportation is now shifting its focus from helping with rescues to making repairs.

FasTracks’ 2012 Annual Video shows an inside look of FasTracks from RTD’s General Manager Phil Washington and RTD staff members’ perspective.

CDOT gets real with us about why transportation matters in Colorado.  How do you use transportation and why does is matter to you?

TBD Colorado release it’s final recommendations to Governor John Hickenlooper this week.  What do you think about the report? Send us your ideas and feedback!  Click here for the full report.

Not sure what TBD Colorado is? Watch this video:

Jack Schenendorf, Ports-to-Plains Transportation Consultant in Washington, D.C., gives a full report on the recently passed MAP21 (Transportation Reauthorization Bill.) Mr. Schenendorf reviews various aspects of the bill and gives webinar participants a better understanding of what it means to the Ports-to-Plains Alliance and to the future of rural transportation.

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