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Funding Options Considered For State Road Improvements

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Updated: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:34:29 MST

GRAND JUNCTION,Colo. - Club 20 is joining other organizations on the Western Slope to find new ways of paying for road improvements in our region.

 

A statewide poll was recently conducted to determine what might be the best solution.

 

Officials say they provided voters with two possible options increasing gas and or sales taxes.

 

But the majority of poll participants were not in favor of tax hikes.  

 

Club 20 transportation members say the current budget of the Colorado Department of Transportation can't fill the needs to fund certain road projects. 

 

They also say surrounding states are making more improvements than Colorado. 

 

"Utah has been doing a very good job; Wyoming recently raised the gas tax to improve their roads. When you look at what businesses look at when their going to come into a state and particular Western Colorado they need to have a great transportation system,” said Club 20 executive director Bonnie Petersen.

 

"We don't have money to build passing lanes in part of the areas where are roads are dangerous and we don't have the money to surface treatment and re-paving,” said Doug Aden with the Transportation Commission.

 

Officials say they're looking into more options to help solve this issue.   

 

CDOT says that 20 percent of the roads on the Western Slope are requiring maintenance in the next few years mostly in rural areas.

 

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