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Clarification

CLARIFICATION: Colorado Department of Transportation program engineer Joe Elsen has clarified statements made in a story in the Feb. 14 issue of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent regarding the CDOT Environmental Impact Statement for the Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor. Elsen said travel time between Glenwood Springs and C-470 in Denver by 2025, if improvements are not made to the highway, “are expected to be in excess of seven hours,” not six.Further, tolling is not necessarily a given in the I-70 mountain corridor. “At this point, any tolling for existing capacity on Interstate 70 would require a legislative change.” A news release from CDOT said, “Should toll lanes emerge as an alternative, the corridor would undergo a much more detailed financial analysis and bond market screening to determine if the project has enough financial viability and stability to secure investors.”Further, tolling is not necessarily a given in the I-70 mountain corridor. “At this point, any tolling for existing capacity on Interstate 70 would require a legislative change.” A news release from CDOT said, “Should toll lanes emerge as an alternative, the corridor would undergo a much more detailed financial analysis and bond market screening to determine if the project has enough financial viability and stability to secure investors.”


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