CDOT: If Prop. 109 and/or Prop. 110 pass, major $ seen for Highway 24Oct. 30, 2018
Plans for Westside Highway 24 by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will become clearer after the Nov. 6 election results are in.
CDOT officials have devised conceptual strategies depending on how voters decide on Propositions 109 and 110, according to Dave Watt, the state entity's resident
Of the two propositions, only 109 identifies specific highway projects. A total of 66 would be funded. One of these, if the proposition passes, calls for improvements on Highway 24 from I-25 to Woodland Park.
However, Watt said that CDOT would also deploy funds along that stretch from 110 if that proposition passes.
He cited a CDOT analysis, which estimates that $95 million would become available for Highway 24 if 109 passes and $70 million if 110 passes.
Proposition 109 is nicknamed “Fix Our Damn Roads.” The work would be chiefly funded with up to $3.5 billion in bonding authority, paid back over 20 years. Others on the list from this area are segments of Powers Boulevard and Academy Boulevard. 109 includes no tax increase.
Proposition 110 would increase the state's sales tax from 2.9 percent to 3.52 percent for 20 years and require that 15 percent of the revenues be spent on “multimodal” (bikes, pedestrian and transit) work.
In 2012, CDOT's Envision 24 West study identified improvements between I-25 and Manitou that were then priced at $270 million. None of that work has been done, and the cost in present-day dollars is $443 million, a separate CDOT analysis states.
If neither proposition passes, the state has up to $3 million set aside for Highway 24 in 2019, which would mainly pay for road resurfacing, Watt said.
But if either proposition passes, the emphasis would shift to “added capacity,” which was the main goal of Envision West, he said. This could mean (although no final decisions have been made) fulfilling Envision's direction to widen the roadway between 8th and 21st streets from four to six lanes, he elaborated.
Another possible spending target with proposition money is the highway's currently short lane for westbound left turns at 21st Street, which can cause cars to back up dangerously into the fast lane. Until now, a lower cost, “bandaid” type of solution has been considered, one that would engineer a longer turn lane using the highway's existing bridge over Fountain Creek, Watt said.
But with a larger budget, the left-turn problem could be solved with a new bridge there, as is also called for in Envision West, he explained.
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