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Charge a toll, but don't use money to expand I-70
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 I’m a mountain guy (who drives back and forth from Denver quite a lot), you might think I’m against it.
I’m not against it. In fact, I think it’s a good idea – but I’m 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 we’re going to spend that kind of money, it should be spent on a mass transit option.
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