TRIP Fares Colorado Roads, Bridges

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“Weather, traffic accidents, avalanche mitigation and a transportation system meant to support 3.5 million people instead of today’s 5.8 million are constant sources of frustration and a enormous expense for families and businesses west of the Continental Divide,” said Robin Brown, director. director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, in a statement. “For Coloradans on the West Rim, an I-70 shutdown costs the time, money, and resources we need to survive, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rural areas desperately need safe roads and alternate routes to keep the flow of goods and people at an optimal rate and it’s time to find a solution to Colorado’s pressing transportation needs.

Traffic crashes in Colorado claimed the lives of 3,030 people from 2015 to 2019. Colorado’s overall road fatality rate of 1.09 fatalities per 100 million vehicle kilometers traveled in 2019 is slightly lower than the national average of 1.11. Traffic crashes in Colorado imposed a total of $6.5 billion in economic costs in 2019. TRIP estimates that road characteristics, while not the primary cause, likely contributed to about a third of all fatal road accidents, resulting in economic losses of $2.2 billion. costs in Colorado in 2019.

“The new TRIP report reinforces a simple fact: too many Coloradans are wasting too much time and money stuck on congested, rutted roads,” Mike Kopp, president and CEO of Colorado Concern, said in a statement. “We cannot encourage our Heads of State enough on this point. Don’t let our prosperity suffocate because we can’t act together and find a solution. And the way to do that is very clear to everyone, and that’s through the legislature. The business case for prolonging the problem does not exist. It’s time for the Colorado Legislature to roll up its sleeves, come to the table, and do the hard work that Colorado families need and deserve.

The efficiency and condition of Colorado’s transportation system, especially its highways, are critical to the health of the state’s economy. Approximately 1.1 million full-time Colorado jobs in key industries like tourism, retail, agriculture and manufacturing depend on the quality, safety and reliability of the infrastructure network. state transportation. Each year, $305 billion worth of goods are shipped to and from Colorado, relying heavily on the state’s network of roads and bridges. The value of freight shipped to and from Colorado sites, in inflation-adjusted dollars, is expected to increase 82% by 2045 and 68% for freight shipped by truck, adding to the burden on the road network and state bridges. The TRIP Report includes lists of Colorado highway segments carrying the greatest number of large commercial trucks daily, and highway segments where large commercial trucks account for the largest share of daily vehicle trips.

“These conditions will only get worse, increasing additional costs for motorists, if greater investments are not made available at the federal, state and local levels of government,” said Dave Kearby, executive director of TRIP, in a statement. “Without adequate funding, Colorado’s transportation system will deteriorate and become increasingly congested, hampering economic growth, safety, and quality of life.”

“Every year we talk about transportation funding. Every year, the situation becomes more and more dire – costing Coloradians time and money, putting our safety at risk, and digging us into a deeper and deeper hole. This year, perhaps more than at any other time in the past two decades, we have the opportunity to invest in our infrastructure and pull ourselves out of the economic devastation that has accompanied the pandemic,” said Tony Milo, executive director of the Colorado Contractors Association, in a report. “Today, once again, we applaud the focus on transportation by legislative leaders. More importantly, we also want to emphasize the urgency of the problem. The TRIP report accurately and succinctly describes the demise of transportation in Colorado. If we do not solve the problem, our economic future as a state is seriously threatened. We simply cannot afford to do nothing.

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