Citing increasing construction costs and a lack of funds, both Colorado
and Texas have announced plans for new toll roads.
In Colorado, a new toll road is planned for Colorado Highway 470 near
Denver. Part of the highway, E-470, is already a toll road. A new plan would
extend the toll road to C-470 between Interstate 25 and South Kipling Parkway.
Peggy Catlin, acting director of the Colorado Tolling Enterprise, told The Denver Post that tolling “is a very
attractive congestion relief tool.”
The Post reported
that the state chose the option of a toll road because it did not have funds
available to build non-toll roads.
Critics of the toll road say that it will send too much traffic to
nearby roads, which are ill equipped to handle the increase. The state says it
considered widening the existing highway with a non-toll lane, but it just
didn’t have the funds to do it.
Similar arguments were made in Austin, TX, where a new toll road is
planned to run parallel to U.S. Highway 290.
The Texas Transportation Commission has given the project the go ahead
and the state Department of Transportation said it plans to reconstruct the
entire corridor, even rebuilding U.S. 290 as a non-toll road.