Transportation

Roads, Rail, and No Money

A significant amount of my focus is on transportation. It has been for some time. Because mobility has a huge impact on the economy, work force, and our general quality of life, it’s needed.

In this space I’ve regularly reported on the process to get North I-25 widened including the announcement last month about the Colorado Transportation Commission committing another $310M.

In the last 10 days, I’ve been in some other conversations about improving the transportation system in North...

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Transportation Commission Approves Additional $310M for North I-25

Last Thursday the Colorado Transportation Commission voted to preliminarily commit up to $310M in available funding to deliver the full and necessary funding to build the I-25 North Express Lanes between Fort Collins and Loveland.

The express lanes between SH 14 in Fort Collins to SH 402 south of Loveland are a part of the North I-25 Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins project and were originally slated as temporary infrastructure improvements. The new funds would provide the full fundin...

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Transportation a Winner During State Legislative Session

The recently ended state legislative session was generally not a good one for business. Years of bottled up labor, social and environmental agendas took center stage with an avalanche of new laws, regulations and costs falling on business.

But, in a session with low expectations for transportation funding, we secured $300 million.

It’s important to note that leaders still have not provided a long-term funding source for transportation. But for at least another year, there is some money g...

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Spread the Credit for I-25 Success

At a couple of economic update events recently, the widening of I-25 came up several times. The Chamber was recognized as a leader of this effort.

It is true that the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in the lobbying effort to secure money to get the interstate widened. We are quick to say, however, that we are a cog in a very big machine. There is an alliance of organizations and individuals that have invested substantial financial resources, time, and leadership to get...

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