September 27, 2018

Want To See I-70 Improvements?

If you travel I-70 with any regularity, you are well aware it is in need of improvement!  A plan to improve I-70 Plan exists with consensus support from state, federal and local governments as well as the ski resorts, environmental groups, the Denver Chamber and others.  Very few of the needed I-70 projects have been completed and the reason for this is simple – as a state, Colorado does not adequately fund transportation.  Transportation is primarily funded through the gas tax in Colorado. The state gas tax is 22 cent per gallon, an amount set nearly 30 years ago. This way of funding transportation is outdated. Today, Colorado spends per driver about half of what it did in 1991 on transportation ($69/driver in 2017 v. $129/driver in 1991). Since then, vehicles have become more fuel efficient, our population has grown and the cost to maintain our roads has more than doubled.

On the November ballot, Proposition 110 Let’s Go Colorado will ask voters to consider a .62% sales tax increase, to fund transportation infrastructure.  This translates to about 6 cents on a $10 purchase. This modest increase gives Colorado approximately $767 million raised in revenue for the first year, which will be bonded for up to $6 billion, -- taking a huge chunk out of the $9 billion in needed projects across Colorado. The tax would sunset after 20 years.  This money would go to state, local and multi-modal projects, including several on the I-70 mountain corridor.

Learn more about Proposition 110 and at LetsGoColorado.com

Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday WB:  Some slowing is possible around Floyd Hill during the late afternoon and evening hours. 

Saturday WB:  Expect slowing between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Congestion could result in up to 20 minutes additional travel time.

Saturday EB: No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: Expect high volumes of traffic from 11:30 to 8:00 p.m., but the Mountain Express Lane should help keep delays to a minimum.

Have a great weekend!

*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.