Posted inClimate, Environment, News

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

The state agency that spent a century pouring roadways for trucks and automobiles now finds itself mapping out a new route — and paving the way to reducing impacts of climate change. Colorado Department of Transportation Director Shoshana Lew sees that lane to greenhouse gas cuts when she stands atop a new park that will […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: The infrastructure bill has plenty for Colorado, if only Congress would pass it

Our infrastructure is the foundation of our country and it supports everything we rely on. It silently does its job by allowing us to move goods to markets, supply water to communities and businesses, energize our smartphones and computers, heat and cool our homes, and helps take our children safely to school. Our infrastructure touches […]

Posted inBusiness, Growth, News, Newsletters, Outdoors, Outsider

Dig it or chew it? Gravel mine expansion near Salida mountain bike trail latest clash of industry, recreation

The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft of its environmental analysis of a Salida gravel mine’s request to expand onto public land outside Salida that includes a popular bike trail.  The agency collected more than 1,900 public comments on Hard Rock Paving & Redi-Mix Inc.’s proposal to expand its operations and realign an […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government, Transportation

Colorado legislature sends sweeping transportation fee and spending bill to governor

Colorado lawmakers on Wednesday sent Senate Bill 260, a sprawling transportation fee and spending measure, to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk, taking one of the most extensive steps in years toward paying for the state’s lagging infrastructure. Polis supported the measure and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, will sign it into law. The bill deals with more […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Politics and Government, Transportation

Colorado Democrats formally introduce their transportation-fee bill with Republican, business community support

Colorado Democrats formally rolled out their massive transportation fee-implementation and spending bill on Tuesday with support from top business leaders and two Republicans, saying 2021 is the year to finally tackle the holy grail that is the state’s long standing infrastructure deficit.  “This is the year we will make it happen,” Senate Majority Leader Steve […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government, Transportation

REPLAY: The Colorado Sun hosts a discussion on the state’s transportation-funding future

The Colorado Sun is hosting a virtual event on the state’s transportation-funding future on Wednesday night. Joining us will be: State Rep. Matt Gray, D-Broomfield Sen. Faith Winter, D-Westminster Sen. Ray Scott, R-Mesa County Sandra Hagen Solin, founder of Capitol Solutions Register here to participate. The free virtual event begins at 6 p.m. You can […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government, Transportation

Here are the new gas and road-usage fees behind Colorado Democrats’ $4 billion transportation plan

Colorado drivers would begin paying a new fee of 2 cents on every gallon of gas they purchase starting in July 2022 under legislation Democratic state lawmakers are expected to introduce in the coming weeks. That fee, which would not require voter approval, would increase to 8 cents per gallon starting in July 2028 under […]

Posted inNews, Transportation

Colorado was an early adopter of roundabouts. Now, motorists across the U.S. are driving in circles.

In the late 1990s, the city of Golden considered what then was a foreign concept: The idea of placing roundabouts, the circular traffic control configuration popular in Europe and Australia, along one of its arterials through a commercial center. Although it had been in use in the U.S. for more than a century, Americans still […]

Posted inGrowth, News, Politics and Government

Colorado Department of Transportation expects $150 million in stimulus influx

The Colorado Department of Transportation estimates it will receive $150 million from the coronavirus pandemic relief bill Congress passed late last year. The state Transportation Commission on Monday approved a proposal to spend the stimulus money on more than a dozen projects, Colorado Public Radio reported. The funding includes $9.7 million for new noise walls along […]