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Colorado’s highways are crumbling, gridlocked and unsafe

Author: Tony Milo - January 12, 2018 - Updated: January 12, 2018

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Tony Milo

For several years, the Colorado Contractors Association, along with other community leaders, elected officials and concerned citizens, has been sounding the alarm about the state of our transportation infrastructure. The facts are clear: our roads are crumbling; safety is at risk, and our highways cannot handle the volume of growth. Our challenge in 2018 remains the same. We simply must find a long-term funding source for our transportation infrastructure.

Drivers are at their wit’s end. Just last month, a pothole on westbound I-70 caused a traffic nightmare when the poor state of our roads collided with holiday travel. Traffic was stalled, cars were damaged, and the Colorado Department of Transportation was forced to close lanes during holiday travel days to make repairs. There are too many stories like this to count.

The start of the legislative session this week offers Coloradans new hope. We urge Gov. Hickenlooper and our lawmakers to make transportation funding a priority. We cannot afford to kick the problem down the road to another year.

Our challenge in 2018 remains the same. We simply must find a long-term funding source for our transportation infrastructure.

Major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested and drivers are wasting significant amounts of time and fuel each year. A report issued last year, “Colorado Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility,” found that driving on deficient roads costs Colorado motorists a whopping $6.8 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs (VOC), congestion-related delays and traffic crashes — more than $2,000 a year for every driver in the Denver metro area.

Even more important, our roads and bridges have deteriorated to a dangerous point and are putting drivers at risk. More than 2,400 people were killed in crashes on Colorado’s roads from 2011 to 2015.

Without a solution, our economy is at risk. Job growth is at risk. Safety is at risk. And, our quality of life is at risk. Our challenge emains. We absolutely must find a solution to our transportation woes. We look forward to working closely with legislators to achieve a solution.

Tony Milo

Tony Milo

Tony Milo is executive director of the Colorado Contractors Association.


One comment

  • L. Gardner

    January 12, 2018 at 5:11 am

    I totally agree with Tony Milo. The fact that we have a Football Stadium, Baseball Park and the Pepsi Center all in Downtown is a nightmare for motorists. Everyone wants to go green but we are wasting gas and polluting the air by being gridlocked in traffic. The so called fix to Colfax off I-25 has become a bigger nighmare, Getting on to I-70 from I-25 is ridiculous. Yea, they have put in 270 and 470 and 225. 470 E to the airport is so high priced that if people have to drive it everyday, they can’t afford to. 270 is so not setup for the flow of traffic that you can’t merge to I-70. But one of the biggest offenses of this traffic system is the fact that the traffic lights are not set up for the traffic to flow. If you have to stop for every light and at intersections off I-25 (such as Arapahoe) you may sit at a light on Arapahoe for 3 or more Traffic lights as the people come off I-25 and the traffic lights are not set up for the traffic to flow. Some of these issues could be taken care of with little money. You don’t need to have a big survey group to sit and make up diagrams, you only need to watch and see. Needless to say we have enough DOT employees that could figure that out. If they can’t then they don’t need to be in the job they are. Especially since an over 60 woman can figure it out with no college education.

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