Sep 1, 2011 8:03 PM by Bill Folsom

Road expansions in Colorado unlikely anytime soon

"All over the state there's a project somewhere that someone wants," says Stacey Stegman with the Colorado Department of Transportation. Among the stretches of road they questions about is the stretch of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock. With only two lanes in each direction it gets crowded and often slows, but there are currently no plans for expansion. "In the plan through 2035..... there is no more money to do these massive widening projects that we did in years past," says Stegman.

It is the same on many other roads across Colorado. With current state revenue CDOT budget is shrinking, so nearly all the money available is going to maintenance, repairs, and safety issues. "Redoing bad bridges, re-surfacing bad pavement, there's really not money for new capacity projects." If you do see expansion on roads, the money is likely coming from alternative funding sources like grants, multi-government partnerships, and tolls.

To start adding expansion projects new funding sources will have to be approved. That is up to the citizens of the state. Stegman says they will have to ask, "Do we want the minimum or do we want more?"



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