Forbes: Federal Gas Tax Passes Another Milestone: What Is The Future?

Yes, on this day in 1932, President Herbert Hoover signed the Revenue Act of 1932 authorizing the first federal gasoline tax. It was the first gas tax on a federal level but not the first gas tax in the country: all of the states at the time had their …

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Upcoming I-70 Traffic Stop in Silverthorne Area – June 6, 2013 – TRAFFIC ADVISORY – Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 – SILVERTHORNE – Lane closures and a traffic stop will be taking place on eastbound Interstate 70 next week…

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, one lane will be closed, starting just east of the Dillon Reservoir Overlook and continuing east to the interchange. The single lane closure remains until 8 p.m., when all eastbound traffic will be stopped for approximately 30 minutes.

Full Story at CDOT

Eagle Interchange Project Moving Forward – June 6, 2013 – UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT – Project expected to begin mid-July 2013, utility relocations already underway.

EAGLE COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Town of Eagle are in the process of finalizing plans for construction of the new Eagle Interchange, with construction expected to begin in mid-July 2013 for the first phase of the project. Utility relocations are already underway within the project boundaries.

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Bridge Monitoring Equipment to be installed on Highway 24 – June 6, 2013 – Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 – Technology is a first in Colorado

MANITOU SPRINGS – As part of its effort to continually enhance safety on the state highway system, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is installing a pilot system to monitor the structural behavior of its bridges.

Full Story at CDOT

Old tax, new fees among options for highway funding

Here are the pros and cons of four of the most talked-about ways to raise more infrastructure money. 1) Raise the gasoline tax. Pro: In a tax-averse Congress, the gas tax can’t be slapped with the fatal “new tax” label — it’s been around for more than …

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Cost a concern for Colorado high-speed rail idea

How to pay for a high-speed train from Fort Collins to Pueblo was, not surprisingly, the topic of concern at a public meeting about the idea in Windsor, reports.

The Colorado Department of Transportation held the meeting, which attracted residents from Windsor, Greeley, Fort Collins and Cheyenne, Wyo. The idea of a high-speed rail line is still in the feasibility study stage. The price of making the idea a reality is estimated to be between $11 billion and $15 billion.

Among the…

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$2.5B transportation bill passes Pa. Senate

Both plans rely primarily on gradually increasing a wholesale gas tax by 28.5 cents a gallon over several years, giving Pennsylvania among the nation’s highest fuel tax rates. The Senate plan also would raise money by increasing fees on vehicle …

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Aurora rejects Denver’s offer to share money from new DIA development

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan has flatly rejected a proposal from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to create a new special district around Denver International Airport that would divvy up the tax revenues generated by new development at the airport, between Denver and surrounding communities.

Officials from Aurora, Adams County, Denver and other cities near DIA have been arguing for months about whether Hancock’s proposal to create an “aerotropolis,” or Airport City, around DIA violates a 1988 agreement…

Full Story at Denver Business Journal

Pols weigh highway funding options

POLITICO Pro Report: Lawmakers look to keep the Highway Trust Fund out of the red.

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Upcoming Paving on Highway 50 – June 5, 2013 – TRAFFIC ADVISORY – Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 – FREMONT COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be paving a 1 ½-mile segment of U.S. 50 between…

Flaggers will alternate eastbound and westbound traffic through the work zone from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and, if necessary,Wednesday, June 10 – 12. Delays up to 15 minutes should be expected.

The road is being resurfaced with asphalt, preventing surface deterioration and helping to preserve the road base.

Full Story at CDOT

Detour Begins Next Week on State Highway 14 Near Ault as Part of Bridge Replacement Project – June 5, 2013 – CONSTRUCTION PROJECT UPDATE – Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 – Detour will last 28 days…

WELD COUNTY — Beginning next week at midnight Tuesday night, June 11 (going into Wednesday, June 12) and lasting for 28 days untilTuesday, July 10, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will have a detour in place on State Highway (SH) 14 as part of a bridge replacement over the Coal Bank Creek, located three miles west of Ault and east of the I-25 intersection at mile marker 149. The detour will require motorists to use SH 257, SH 392, and US 85 so crews can build a new bridge and reconstruct the roadway.

Full Story at CDOT

Site launched for transportation small businesses

The Colorado Small Business Development Centers Network has launched a website designed to provide free consulting, training and online resources for small businesses in the transportation industry. The website, called Connect2Dot ( is funded by the Colorado Department of Transportation and managed by the SBDC. The site offers quick and easy access to information on…

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LaHood: Expect “Big” Announcement From Obama on Transportation Funding

LaHood’s comments came in response to a question about adopting a mileage-based user fee to replace the gas tax. “The president’s going to be big and bold about what his vision is,” Lahood said. “I’m not going to steal his thunder.” LaHood said he …

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Highway 9 Widening Project Set to Start – June 4, 2013 – Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 – SUMMIT COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins work this week to widen State Highway 9…

In addition to widening approximately three miles of highway from two to four lanes, the project includes new bridge construction over the Blue River, a new roundabout at Fairview Boulevard, access improvements, new storm drainage, improved embankment and erosion control.

Project hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Drivers can expect lane shifts and occasional traffic stops, with delays of about five minutes, while work is taking place, primarily for hauling operations. The work zone speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph.

This is a two season project. Current work continues through November 1, shuts down for the winter, and resumes in May 2014. Project completion is expected in October 2014.

Full Story at CDOT

REMINDER: Public Invited to Open Houses About High Speed Rail Study – June 4, 2013 – UPCOMING OPEN HOUSES – Statewide Transportation Plan – Study evaluates potential rail alignments….

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail will be hosting two open houses this week as part of an Interregional Connectivity Study (ICS). The study examines technology, alignment, and financial/funding options for implementing high speed rail along the Front Range.

The study has a broad reach, extending from Fort Collins to Pueblo including the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas, and builds off of past feasibility and technical studies related to high speed rail options across Colorado. The ICS team is coordinating with a another CDOT study team to determine the feasibility of an Advanced Guideway System (AGS) from Denver to Eagle through the I-70 mountain corridor.

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Two Lanes of Southbound I-25 to Close Tonight Near Broomfield – June 3, 2013 – TRAFFIC ADVISORY – Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 – CDOT to repair bridge deck and expansion joints.

BROOMFIELD/WELD COUNTIES — Tonight, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will close the two right lanes of southbound I-25 near mile marker 231 north of Broomfield and State Highway 7 so maintenance crews can make bridge deck and expansion joint repairs.

Work will begin at 9 p.m. tonight and will last until 5 a.m. tomorrow morning. With two of the three lanes of the interstate closed, major delays are expected and alternate routes are strongly advised. The speed limit will be reduced through the work zones, and CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone.

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Freeway funding

PUEBLO FREEWAY improvements are long overdue, but the prospects for landing the necessary funding appear to have picked up of late.

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Losing Revenue From Hybrids Prompts States to Hit Owners: Taxes

State and local gas-tax revenue has declined every year since 2004, falling 7 percent to $37.9 billion in 2010, according to inflation-adjusted data from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a Washington-based nonpartisan research group. U.S …

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CDOT Begins Project to Improve US 491 From Cahone to Utah State – June 3, 2013 – Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 – Work includes safety improvements, bridge resurfacing in Dove Creek.

DOLORES COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor W.W. Clyde US 491 will begin a project this week to improve 18 miles of US 491 from Cahone to the Utah State Line, as well as make safety improvements in downtown Dove Creek. W. W. Clyde was awarded the $4.8 million contract for the work, which is scheduled for completion by late August.

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CDOT Begins Project to Improve US 285 Monte Vista North – June 3, 2013 – Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 – Work includes highway resurfacing and drainage improvements.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor APC Southern Construction Company will begin a project this Thursday, June 6, to improve a section of US 285 north of Monte Vista. The work, contracted to APC for $4.3 million, is scheduled for completion in late August, prior to Labor Day.

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Paving Operation in Clear Creek Canyon – June 3, 2013 – TRAFFIC ADVISORY – Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 – JEFFERSON COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is paving two ½-mile segments of U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon next week.

Work will take place from 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day in the following locations:

  • Monday, June 10, between Tunnel One and Tunnel Two
  • Tuesday, June 11, just east of the State Highway 119 junction

Flaggers will alternate eastbound and westbound traffic through the work zone. Delays up to 15 minutes should be expected.

Full Story at CDOT

Editorial: New downtown Denver bus? All aboard

The Regional Transportation District’s plan to launch another free bus route downtown — in addition to the existing free bus service that runs on the 16th Street Mall — has prompted complaints from some quarters.

Full Story at Denver Post

Not all mayors swayed by $53B federal promise

“The NDP has a long standing proposal to transfer one cent of the existing gas tax to municipalities, which is $420 million. It’s a lot of money, but still short of what is required.” Mulcair said the NDP, through the legacy of Jack Layton, have a …

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Editorial: In Colorado, vehicle fees are making bridges safer

When a section of a bridge on Interstate 5 in Washington state crashed into the Skagit River last month, attention immediately focused on the state of the nation’s bridges.

Full Story at Denver Post

CDOT kicks off statewide transit plan

The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Transit and Rail (DTR) is developing its first ever comprehensive Statewide Transit Plan, providing a framework for creating an integrated transit system that meets the mobility needs of Coloradans.

Full Story at Journal Advocate

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