GSCRA Joins Coalition Supporting The Fix Colorado Roads Act: Restoring Colorado's Commitment to Transportation
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association Joins Coalition Supporting
The Fix Colorado Roads Act: Restoring Colorado's Commitment to Transportation
Urges members to support for the drive to Fix Colorado Roads by visiting www.FixColoradoRoads.com
The recent rockslide and closure of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon reaffirmed the importance of transportation for the Western Slope as well as the entire state of Colorado.
The status quo on our roadways threatens the vibrancy of our economy, our attractiveness as a destination for business and tourism and our quality of life. Travel times are increasing. The ability to engage in commerce becomes more challenging by the year. Tourist destinations become less attractive because it is a growing challenge to get there and back in a reasonable time.
Coloradans Agree: Our transportation challenges threaten our economic competitiveness.
Coloradans know our roads are in dire need of repair and expansion - with 90 percent agreeing to that fact in recent polling. In every region of the state, fixing Colorado's roads is the most important funding priority.
The Goal: Permanent and Reliable Transportation Funding
A growing coalition of business groups and local governments from every region of the state believes that 2016 is the year for a bipartisan solution to fix Colorado roads. Our goals for the Fix Colorado Roads Act are:
* Funding sufficient to seriously and aggressively address Colorado's current and future transportation needs;
* Reliable, permanent General Fund commitment to transportation infrastructure
* Optimally use and leverage existing and new transportation funding streams
* Build large scale roadway expansion programs statewide
* Maintain and improve the existing system
* Can gain broad-based support in the Legislature and among Colorado voters
The Fix Colorado Roads Act: The Funding and Finance Equation
We propose to couple a new, permanent General Fund commitment to transportation infrastructure with a continued CDOT commitment to dedicate a small portion of their budget to fund a $3.5 billion Fix Colorado Roads bond program. Leveraging today's new and existing revenue stream to accelerate our investment will create jobs and keep Colorado's economy competitive.
The Fix Colorado Roads bond program would be referred by the Legislature to the voters in the November 2016 election.
The robust funding and finance program would support road projects statewide touching every legislative district. It would include the signature projects:
* I-70 West: ROD projects throughout the corridor plus seed funding for the next phase of expansion
* North I-25: State Highway 14 south to US Hwy 36.
* South I-25: Monument Hill to Castle Rock
The Fix Colorado Roads Act is not designed to compete with or supplant any other funding proposal. We support other funding efforts and believe that bonding, supported by a combination of stable General Funds and existing gas tax revenues, is the best route to achieve consensus among policy makers, business leaders and taxpayers.
Again, to express your support for our drive to Fix Colorado Roads visit www.FixColoradoRoads.com<http://www.FixColoradoRoads.com/>.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association was named 2013 Chamber of the Year by ACCE!