October 4, 2018

Competing Transportation Proposals

Voters will see two transportation funding proposals on the November Ballot.

Prop 110, Let’s Go Colorado – would raise the state sales tax by .62%.  Of the money generated, 45% would go towards completing 107 priority projects (several of them are I-70 mountain corridor improvements), 40% to towns and counties for their locally identified transportation projects, and 15% would fund multi modal efforts like bus service, bike and pedestrian improvements. Bonding would be utilized to jump start big projects.  This tax increase would sunset after 20 year.  Under this proposal, tourists will contribute to fixing our roads.

Prop 109, Fix our Damn Roads – this is a bonding-only proposal that would generate $3.5B to fund approximately 60 highway projects.  The dollars would go only towards highways, with no local share, and could not be used for transit or other multi-modal projects.  This proposal does not identify how these bonds would be repaid, leaving it up to future legislatures to find money in the state’s General Fund to repay the bonds. 

The I-70 Coalition is supportive of Prop110 as it is the only comprehensive transportation funding solution that benefits the entire state. Prop109 is financing, not funding, and does not generate enough to make a dent in Colorado's $9B backlog of projects.  Learn more about Prop110 and why it is the right solution at www.LetsGoColorado.com

Weekend Travel Forecast
Rain, with possible snow at the higher elevations, is in the forecast for this weekend.  Last year on this weekend, there was no traffic due to volume. 

Friday WB:  No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Saturday WB:  There might be some volume during the 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. time frame, but weather is more likely to play a factor in travel this day.

Saturday EB: No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: No volume-related delays are anticipated. Check the weather before you head out.

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.