A retooled effort in the Colorado statehouse to increase
regulation of toll roads in the state has once again been sidelined.
Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, asked members of the Senate
Transportation Committee to kill a bill that she had introduced to protect
residents from proposed private routes. It was focused on the Front Range Toll
Road Company's proposed 210-mile Prairie Falcon Parkway Expressway, often
referred to as the "Super Slab."
Williams cited a lack of support among residents affected by
the planned route for her decision, The
Associated Press reported.
The bill - HB1068 - initially required private road builders
to meet more benchmarks before they could file plans to build roads. The
measure was later scaled back by its House sponsor, Rep. Marsha Looper,
D-Calhan, to only remove from property owners' records the disclaimers of
interest by Front Range to anyone within the proposed three-mile-wide path of
Looper said the only reason she changed the bill was to pick
up the votes needed to pass the House, The
Pueblo Chieftain reported.
Looper said she would like to see lawmakers study the issue
this summer and look at repealing the 19th century state law that allows
private groups to build roads. The law was intended to promote road building to