Colorado Editorials

Aurora Sentinel: Hickenlooper is right. Time to let Colorado voters decide how to fix, pay for ailing, inadequate state roads

Author: The Aurora Sentinel Editorial Board - January 13, 2018 - Updated: January 13, 2018

It’s come to this, Colorado.

We can either raise some kind of tax revenue to pay for repairing and expanding Colorado’s ailing, inadequate roads, or the consequences will be gridlock, increased road deaths and injuries and lost economic gain across the state.

Alarmist? Not in the least.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in his final State of the State Address on Thursday simply and clearly spelled out the fact that the sheer volume and costs of Colorado’s transportation needs could never be met by the state’s already overburdened finances.

“Not only do we under-fund maintenance by more than $200 million per year, but we also have a project list of $9 billion. Total needs are estimated to be $25 billion by 2040. And that’s all on top of (The Colorado Department of Transporation’s) existing budget,” Hickenlooper said.


The Aurora Sentinel Editorial Board