Colorado residents fighting eminent domain for toll road

| 10/3/2006

Residents in seven Colorado counties have been up in arms since a private company used an 1800s law in an attempt to take over land for a toll road.

Larimer County residents along the proposed route for the Prairie Falcon Parkway Express – formerly known as the Front Range Toll Road and nicknamed the “Super Slab” – will have a chance to be heard at a public meeting.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wellington Community Church, sponsored by the Larimer County Alliance. The guest speaker is Sharon Croghan of a group called Save Our Homes, based in Weld County.

A meeting held Sept. 14 in Weld County drew more than 350 people, according to the North Forty News in Larimer County.

Meetings are being planned in five more communities from Wellington to Pueblo along the 210-mile proposed roadway.

A Colorado Department of Transportation-issued memo said if the state partners with a private company, the partnership could use eminent domain to acquire property on the proposed route.

There are many other hurdles to cross, according to the North Forty News, including environmental studies, proof that the project serves a public need, and approval from regional transportation organizations.