Transportation Funding

5:30am

Tue July 22, 2014
Transportation

Tolled Express Lanes A National Trend, And Colorado's Firmly On Board

An express toll lane in Utah on southbound I-15. Note the electronic sign that notifies drivers of the variable price of the toll.
Garrett Flickr-Creative Commons

On a June day in 2006, Myron Swisher stood on a highway overpass, watching a history-making moment on Interstate 25. Swisher, who worked for the state Department of Transportation, had labored for the past nine years to open a high occupancy toll lane on the crowded road, and he wanted to watch the first cars use it.

"The day we opened, I hopped in the car and went out to the 58th Avenue Bridge that looks down upon the tolling zone," Swisher said. "It was probably about 2:30 in the afternoon, so I wanted to get out there and see how things are going before rush hour started."

Looking back, Swisher's moment on the bridge may have marked the beginning of a new era in Colorado transportation.

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2:48pm

Wed February 26, 2014
Transportation

Will Tolling Become The Ultimate CDOT Funding Source?

The I-25 managed toll lane.
Colorado Department of Transportation Flickr

The contract for a 50 year U.S. 36 public-private partnership that has caused a public furor has been signed. Colorado Department of Transportation officials say the P3 is an effective way to fund transport projects. But with more managed toll lanes and possible P3’s in the works, are they best solution to a growing traffic problem?

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2:33pm

Wed February 26, 2014

1:07pm

Wed February 19, 2014
Transportation

CoPIRG Calls For Review Period On U.S. 36 Contract

Road signs for U.S. 36 in Arvada, Colo., June 2007
Landry Heaton / Flickr - Creative Commons

In response to growing public criticism over a U.S. 36 maintenance project contract, the Colorado Public Interest Research Group is asking for an extended review period.

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4:00am

Tue September 17, 2013
Colorado Flood

Road Repairs From Flooding Could Top Half A Billion Dollars

A view of a road destroyed by heavy rains, with some areas receiving as much as 18 inches in a 24-hour period in Boulder, Colo., Sept. 14.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner/Released

As the remaining flood survivors continue to be airlifted out of towns cut off by flooding, the focus is beginning to shift to recovery. Specifically on the very reason they have to be airlifted: roads.

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