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Colorado’s governor wants to enlist private companies to help fix public problems with new partnership office

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis wants private companies to help solve public problems like a shortage of child care options and affordable housing and to help develop a Front Range passenger rail service. The Democrat’s budget proposal asks state lawmakers for more than a million dollars to open up a new public-private partnership office. The proposal […]

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Colorado dangles free transit on bad pollution days. But will there be anyone to ride? Or drive?

Way back in 2019, when most of us wore masks only at Halloween, Jayne Neimann considered the Bustang a vital part of her life. The bougie commuter bus run by the state transportation department offered Wi-Fi, cushy seats and a chance to relax with her phone for an hour on her way to Denver, where […]

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Colorado “nutrition labels” on construction materials will flag carbon instead of fat, salt and sugar

If the built environment is the grocery store, then in a world full of climate change worries, “embodied carbon” is the nutrition label. Carbon dioxide is the salt, sugar and fat on the label. Manufacturing road asphalt, concrete, reinforcing steel and bricks creates large amounts of the greenhouse gas. Now a pioneering Colorado law will […]

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I-70 through Glenwood Canyon partially reopens; full reopening may not happen until Thanksgiving

One lane of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon reopened in each direction on Saturday morning after a two-week closure prompted by mud and rock slides that buried and damaged the heavily traveled route. But the Colorado Department of Transportation warned motorists to prepare for traffic and other delays. The agency also warned that a full […]

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

Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon could partially reopen as soon as Saturday afternoon, transportation officials said Wednesday. Crews hope to open two lanes of traffic — one traveling in each direction — through an area that was buried in mud and debris. The reopening depends on weather. Torrential rains in drainages scarred by fire caused the […]

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

Gov. Jared Polis is seeking $116 million in federal aid to support cleanup and repairs along Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, after tons of soupy mud and debris cascaded onto the highway, indefinitely closing one of the state’s busiest thoroughfares.  The Polis administration sought the aid through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief program and […]

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

The Colorado Department of Transportation has reached a $14 million settlement with three companies in connection with the partial collapse of U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder in 2019. The settlement covers the majority of the more than $17 million it cost CDOT to repair the stretch of eastbound lanes near Wadsworth Boulevard after a […]

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An upgraded Grand Junction rail yard could accelerate Western Slope economic development

What if something as simple as getting freight trains to stop for a moment in Grand Junction could keep businesses and jobs on the Western Slope, support Grand Valley economic-development and reduce truck traffic on Interstate 70?  “It would be huge; an absolute game-changer for the Western Slope,” if rail owners Union Pacific and Burlington […]