Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

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In addition to electing a new governor this November, Colorado voters will also decide the fate of 13 statewide ballot questions, including two specifically aimed at funding transportation projects.

But beyond that shared goal, propositions 109 and 110 differ greatly.

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When the first nine-month closure came in 2016, Christine Williams was prepared. She tightened the budget of her roadside coffee shop, Jamoka Joe’s, and stuck it out.

But then came something she wasn’t expecting – U.S. Highway 34 closed again in 2017. The traffic flow slowed to a trickle for the second year in a row.

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Drivers beware: Groundbreaking for construction along a 14-mile stretch of I-25 is starting as soon as next month. That means delays as work gets underway.

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Imagine getting off your flight at DIA, buckling into a chair inside a pod encased in a vacuum-sealed tube, blasting off at 700 mph and arriving anywhere in northern Colorado under 20 minutes.

That’s the type of mobility promised by new technology dubbed “the hyperloop.”

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More people than ever are using the state’s roads, buses and rail lines to get around. As we learned from your Curious Colorado questions, you have a lot of questions about how the state’s transportation systems will keep up with the ever-growing population.

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A statewide coalition of business and community leaders is one step closer to getting a sales tax increase for transportation projects on the November ballot.

On Friday, the group announced it would seek signatures to get an increase of 0.62 percent in front of voters. Before the end of the legislative session, the coalition submitted language for five titles ranging from 0.35 percent to a full 1 percent increase.

Its effort is now focused on just one.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to know if having access to a mobile breathalyzer decreases a person's risk of getting another DUI.

“We know that about 40 percent of the DUI’s in Colorado involve people that had a previous DUI,” says Sam Cole, communications manager at CDOT. “The thought is that we can get these devices in their hands, they are much more knowledgeable about what their level of impairment is, and [it] may actually prevent them from driving drunk.”

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President Trump’s infrastructure plan dramatically cuts the federal government’s investment in road and transportation projects and instead calls upon states and corporations to shoulder most of the cost. Funding for the proposal would come from $200 billion in tax breaks over nine years that would then — in theory — leverage $1 trillion worth of construction. That could include mortgaging public buildings or public-private partnerships, which usually means toll roads.

But that plan won’t work in Colorado -- the state has already done it.

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In September 2013 torrential rain caused a swollen Big Thompson River to tear away -- and in some places completely destroy -- parts of U.S. Highway 34.

Temporary repairs reopened the road by December, but permanent repairs didn’t start until October 2016. 

Since then, hundreds of tons of rock have been blasted from the canyon walls, prompting the closure of a three mile stretch of the canyon. The road will reopen in late May 2017.

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A proposal to get more money for Colorado’s aging and congested transportation system is on its legislative journey. The bipartisan bill, a top priority for legislative leaders and the governor, would send the question of a sales tax increase to voters and allow the state to borrow $3.5 billion for roads and infrastructure. The first committee hearing lasted about seven hours.  

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