The Prairie Falcon Parkway Express, if approved by the state DOT, would
require the use of eminent domain to attain property in Colorado, and residents
along the proposed route are not happy about the prospects of losing their
A meeting of toll-road opponents Saturday, Oct. 7, in Wellington, CO, drew 200 people. Many of them signed a petition against the company proposing the
210-mile private toll road from Wellington to Pueblo, CO.
Ray Wells, owner of the Front Range Toll Road company, wants to buy the
land he needs to build the road. He signed a public-private initiative with the
state that puts him in a position to use the state’s authority to acquire
property from people who refuse to sell voluntarily.
State law does not allow private developers to use eminent domain
independently, but a public-private initiative in Wells’ case could allow it to
happen for some of the properties as long as a majority of property owners
along the route sell to the developer voluntarily.
Opponents of the proposed roadway formerly known as the “Super Slab”
have held several meetings to rally.
The Coloradoan newspaper reported this week that at least 10 percent of the property owners
along the proposed route have signed the petition against the toll road.