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Charge a toll, but don't use money to expand I-70
Charging a $5 toll could help avoid scenes like this one, during an I-70 pass closure in Vail. The money shouldnt be spent on widening the highway, however it should be spent on alternative forms of transportation.
Photo by Tom Boyd 

Charge a toll, but don't use money to expand I-70

By Tom Boyd

March 27, 2008 —  A group of state senators have cooked up a plan to charge I-70 drivers up to $5 each way to finance improvements to the highway.

Mountain communities are expected to mount a counter-campaign, and since Im a mountain guy (who drives back and forth from Denver quite a lot), you might think Im against it.

Im not against it. In fact, I think its a good idea but Im against the idea of using the money to expand I-70.

Eisenhower tunnel is two lanes each way, and the only way to avoid the bottle-neck effect there is to expand Eisenhower to three lanes.

Expanding the tunnel would be a huge, huge project. If were going to spend that kind of money, it should be spent on a mass transit option.



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