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Opinion: Shift Colorado’s transportation priorities away from asphalt and toward mass transit

We’ve added lanes forever, and what’s the result? More driving, more pollution

Opinion Columns

New CDOT rules will force road projects to cut emissions — or else put money toward transit options

New highway projects must now cut overall pollution, offer transit alternatives, and force a revolution in land-use planning.


The final phase of restoration in Glenwood Canyon turns to debris-choked Colorado River

The Colorado Department of Transportation is orchestrating the removal of hundreds of thousands of tons of debris flushed down the walls of Glenwood Canyon in July deluge.


Can a climate-conscious CDOT build new roads and cut greenhouse gases at the same time?

After a century of making life easier for cars and trucks, the state’s transportation agency also has the job of cutting pollution. Not everyone is on board.


I-70 through Glenwood Canyon may reopen as soon as Saturday afternoon

The canyon has been closed since July 29, when mud and rock slides forced more than 100 people to spend the night on I-70, including nearly 30 who took refuge in a tunnel near the Hanging Lake exit


Colorado seeks $116 million in federal aid for mudslide cleanup along I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

It remains unclear when the heavily traveled route may reopen


CDOT reaches $14 million settlement over partial 2019 collapse of U.S. 36

The settlement covers the majority of the $17 million it cost for CDOT to repair the stretch of eastbound lanes near Wadsworth Boulevard


One dead, three missing after flash floods sweep mud and debris from wildfire scars into Poudre Canyon

Larimer County has closed the Poudre River to all use as crews assess damage to bridges downstream of Black Hollow Creek and attempt to remove debris from the road and river.


Glenwood Canyon closes again as forest ecologists scramble to seed burn zone and prevent mudslides

Glenwood Canyon closed to traffic for almost three hours on Tuesday as rain threatened more mudslides. Forest botanists are working to stabilize and restore the Grizzly Creek burn zone to prevent more debris flows and highway closures.


Former CDOT employee accused of stealing nearly $800K to buy gift cards, camping gear and video equipment

Aaron Victor Ceja allegedly made the unauthorized purchases between 2011 and 2020 using his state procurement card while he was a project manager for the agency.

Crime and Courts

Interstate 70 opens through Glenwood Canyon as crews work to clean up weekend mudslides

More rain is in the forecast, which could lead to more slides. "It’s a double-edged sword. We need the moisture, but we just don’t need it concentrated in Glenwood Canyon," CDOT boss says.


Colorado lawmakers considering new fee on gallon of gas to boost money for roads

Gov. Jared Polis has made clear to lawmakers he wants a bipartisan deal this session, according to advocates who say this year could break the impasses in prior sessions

Politics and Government

The high cost of climate change is already straining the budgets of Colorado towns

As wildfires, avalanches and drought increase in intensity, worried city managers are planning and budgeting for better water systems and backup sources.


Durango’s ridiculed Bridge to Nowhere suddenly has clear road ahead

After a decade of delays and legal fights, the largest project in the history of that region of southwest Colorado will ease traffic and safety problems


Colorado’s first-ever criminal charges following an avalanche could be slippery slope for backcountry travelers

Two snowboarders reported the avalanche they caused in March above the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels and cooperated with the investigation. Now, their statements and helmet-cam video are being used against them.


Is Colorado leading or lagging on climate policy? It depends on which states you’re comparing us to.

On the one hand, the state has adopted some of the most ambitious climate laws in the county; on the other, critics say Gov. Jared Polis’ administration has failed to use the laws to their fullest.


So you need to get to Colorado’s Western Slope? Here are your options.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is encouraging people to stay away from western Colorado for the near future


Accessibility challenges persist in many rural Colorado communities

Mountain communities are notorious for accessibility barriers, particularly for people with impaired mobility, advocate says. “People live in these communities, become disabled and then leave.”


Drafting rules to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions may prove even harder because of missing data

The state's Air Quality Control Commission doesn’t expect new rules to be in place for another year


Colorado may have missed a deadline to plan for reducing greenhouse gasses. Now the state faces a lawsuit.

Some critics say what is lacking is a lead from Gov. Jared Polis

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