I am concerned about the growth of toll lanes as our solution to everything for crowded highways. Looking back in the last 20 years, everything (outside of T-rex) has been… and will be… a toll road.
They did the same with the E-470 as the Boulder Turnpike. They initially said the costs were to pay for the construction, and in time it would be free. Totally fair idea. Except, they then announced it will never be paid off. I learned to accept it. It really is a fine road. On top of it, because it is so expensive.. it is always a fast drive.
Next issue was the i-70 around Idaho Springs. I think the biggest issue there was the choke point from 3 to 2 lanes. So, they widened it. This is great, and we can all agree how important that was. EXCEPT… the expansion is a toll road. Sorry to the million of citizens who can’t afford the privilege? I used to travel that stretch a lot, and it hasn’t even helped that much.
This year, we get to see some much needed love for C-470. This may be the most valuable project of all the ones that came before. An expansion to C470 is fully worth the epic hassle of the traffic problems while we work on it. Then… it hit me. I bet these aholes are probably building toll lanes. Sadly, I was correct. According to these numbers, the job will be about 1.3 million. CDot (us taxpayers) will cover half of that. A private company kicks the other half. Yet, it looks like the private company gets to make the project toll roads.
The newest development is the expansion of I25 south between Castle Rock and Monument. Spoiler alert > toll lanes.
I sadly, and sincerely can’t even remember a recent large scale road project that wasn’t just for toll roads. I have much more to say, but the gist is all here.
This is an issue I want to push hard, via lobbying, phone calls, social media… ANYTHING to get tis this to the forefront. I don’t think people know the extent of it.
I think there is a Pulitzer in here for anyone of your folks who writes it.
Since you can see I am clearly passionate about this emerging story… I would be happy and honored to write more on it. Maybe it’s a column. You also welcome to interview me in person and/or over email.
Lastly… a few big pet peeves. The ‘Lexas lanes’. are elitist and exclusionary. I am an employer, and my folks make around $14 an hour. EVERY SINGLE agent I talked to said they would never use it. It isn’t just too expensive for lower waged folks… they all said they resent the concept of having to pay to use a road.
Plus, none of his eliminates traffic. In fact, each of these solutions encourage more drivers. That is just more pollution for our dreaded ‘blown cloud’ over Denver
Another think that pisses me off is even if I don’t use these lanes (and I won’t, out of principle.) Well, all of us set to spend that years driving and forth in construction every day. I get roads are very expensive, and I would not be surprised to learn that voters routinely vote against any bond measures put forth to fix the roads
I feel like this is being snuck by us, and that is what drives me crazy.
I can also sadly assume John Caldera has been deeply involved in making sure no citizen is ever given access public transportation of any kind.
I expect to have a lot more to say about this. so… let’s just call this entry part 1. March 2018
- I sent this to the paper. They never responded. So, I offer to you, instead.