Improving roadways is critical to meeting the transportation needs of Colorado, one of the top five fastest growing states in the country. Overly congested highways lead to deterioration – of travel time, road quality, safety, our economy and the environment. As transportation needs increase, access to government funding for transportation is decreasing just as rapidly. Between a gas tax that has not increased in 20 years, more energy efficient vehicles, changing travel behavior, voters’ disinterest in raising revenue and diminished government funding, Colorado is finding other ways to provide mobility through innovation in choice, innovation in funding and innovation in partnerships.
It is no longer effective to simply add roads or lanes to lighten congestion. Colorado is committed to increasing travel choices and providing operational efficiencies through a variety of travel options that include transit, biking and walking paths, carpooling and Express Lanes.