They call themselves “toll warriors” and they are ready to fight for
Three Colorado residents who live within the proposed swath of the Prairie Falcon Express Parkway – formerly known as the Super Slab – addressed a crowd of 100
people last week in Pueblo, CO, during a rally against the proposed toll road.
Developer Ray Wells wants the state to use eminent domain to further
his dream of building the $2.5 billion, 210-mile toll road through Colorado’s eastern plains.
The “toll warriors” don’t want to give up their land.
“Ray Wells would like you to think it’s a done deal,” retired teacher
Gay Thomasson of Elbert County, CO, told the Pueblo crowd, according to the Pueblo Chieftan. “But it’s not a done
deal. Stay informed and whatever you do, don’t roll over. You can’t walk away
from it. If you turn your back, it will happen.”
A Colorado House bill requires private toll road companies to meet
standards and obtain approval from the Colorado Department of Transportation
for land acquisition involving eminent domain.
Prairie Falcon Express Parkway developers recently
narrowed its study area from 12 miles wide to 3 miles wide. The eventual
roadway would be about 1,200 feet wide within the area being studied.