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Colorado Senate president trims proposed transportation tax hike as it advances

Denver Business Journal

April 13, 2017

Seeking the support of enough Republicans in the Colorado state Senate to push through a transportation tax-hike proposal, Senate President Kevin Granthammade several major changes to the bill during a committee hearing Tuesday, including the reduction of the proposed tax increase from 0.62 cents to 0.5.

Grantham, R-Cañon City, also committed $100 million per year from the state’s general fund to a new 20-year stream of revenue that would be used to cover roughly $3.5 billion a year in highway expansion projects, as well as generating additional funding for local roads and creating a new multi-billion-dollar multi-modal transportation grant fund.

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Colorado Corridor Signage for Ports-to-Plains and Heartland Expressway

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance is pleased to announce that the Colorado Department of Transportation is installing signage to identify the Ports-to-Plains and Heartland Expressway through eastern Colorado.  These corridors have been designated by Congress as High Priority Corridors on the National Highway System. 

In eastern Colorado, the designated Ports-to-Plains corridor is U.S. 287 between Limon and the Colorado/Oklahoma state line.  The Heartland Expressway is designated on Colorado Highway 71 between Limon and the Colorado/Nebraska state line.  Previous to Colorado beginning this installation the corridor is also signed in North Dakota and New Mexico.

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance purchased the signs that are being installed in Colorado.  Signage becomes more significant as trip planning programs such as Google Maps and Apple Maps use existing signage to identify routes on trip planning software used by millions of travelers and businesses. 

“The identification of the route on trip planning software provides an alternative for cars and trucks to traveling the congested portions of Interstate 25,” said Cathy Shull, Executive Director of Progressive 15, a member of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Board of Directors. 

Gary Beedy of Genoa, also serves on the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Board of Directors commented, “We look forward to completing the installation of signage across all of eastern Colorado.  Rural communities will benefit from the signage identification of this corridor that is also identified by the Colorado State Freight Plan as a Colorado Freight Corridor.”

Barry Gore of Adams County Economic Development, Cathy Shull of Pro 15, Joe Kiely of Ports-to-Plains Alliance and Tyler Purvis of the City of Brush


Colorado SB 272 TRANS II dies in Senate Third Reading 17-18

Ports-to-Plains Alliance joined other organizations in urging this No vote.  While the bill would have allowed bonding to accelerate projects in the Ports-to-Plains Corridor, Ports-to-Plains Alliance was concerned about the lack of a new revenue source to pay for the bonds.  The annual payments coming out of CDOT’s construction budget to repay this debt could have been up to $275 million. Concern about maintaining the entire statewide transportation system, especially in rural areas of Colorado, led to the decision to oppose.

Fact Sheet on Senate Bill 272 -- TRANS II


Future Colorado road projects in jeopardy

If they lose the federal funds, spokesperson for CDOT, Amy Ford, said they will have to look at other ways to fund new roads and new projects. They're not ruling out more tolls and public private partnerships to compensate for the possible lack of funding.

Click here for video > 9News

May 28, 2014

The possible threat of losing federal funding for road construction has the Colorado Department of Transportation on edge.

According to our partners at USA Today, state and local governments could lose $46.8 billion in federal funding for transportation and transit projects in 2015 if congress doesn't put more money into the Highway Trust Fund. The Transportation for America report released this week says if Congress doesn't make a decision by this fall, new road projects across the country will come to a halt…


Ports-to-Plains re-construction: I-70 eastbound near Tower, Colfax getting rebuilt starting Monday night

While most people only think of Ports-to-Plains in terms of eastern Colorado, this project is improving the congressionally designated High Priority Corridor on the National Highway System titled Ports-to-Plains.  Yes, Interstate 70 from Limon to Interstate 25 is part of the Corridor that connects Denver and the Front Range with markets to the north, east and south.  Improvement of this section will make the statewide system more efficient as it will provide better access to the truck terminals in the area. The cost estimates in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is $20 million.


CDOT will remove existing asphalt and replace it with concrete pavement, widen shoulders and build new bridges over the Union Pacific Railroad and Smith Road.

Click here for complete article > Denver Post

January 26, 2014

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work on a two-and-one-half mile reconstruction of Interstate 70 between Tower Road, and Colfax Ave. on Monday. Beginning at 8 p.m. the left hand lane of the road eastbound will be closed for approximately six months…