I-70 News

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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.

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.

The coming weeks are some of the best times to visit the Colorado Mountains.  The weather is still great, the big crowds are gone, and I-70 traffic is less of a factor.  There are still some times you want to avoid, so travel off-peak and enjoy a delay-free trip!

Friday WB – Heavy volume is possible from 2:30-6:00 p.m.  Although there were no significant delays in the last two years, this congestion might result in up to 15 minutes extra travel time.

Saturday WB – Light congestion between Floyd Hill and the Eisenhower Tunnel might develop around 11:00 a.m. and continue until around 3:00 p.m.  Delays could result in an extra 10-20 minutes travel time between C470 and Silverthorne.

Saturday EB – No congestion-related traffic is predicted.       

Sunday EB – Traffic due to volume is expected between 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. In recent years, the peak delay was 20-30 minutes during the early to mid-afternoon hours.  Stay late, skip the traffic and save with a GoI70 Peak Time Deal!

*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.


 

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