C-DOT: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What was your basis for using $4 billion as a threshold?A: Four billion represents a budget threshold CDOT executive management considers reasonable for the I-70 corridor over the long term, given other transportation priorities that also need funding.Q: Will there be tolls at the tunnel?A: Tolling is one funding option being evaluated. Information from the Colorado Tolling Enterprise will provide input for determining the feasibility of tolls.Q: Any possibility for additional funding for this corridor?A: The transportation commission has identified $1.6 billion available for I-70 over the long term. That should start to be available beginning in years approaching 2010. CDOT hopes to secure enough funding to have completed environmental efforts and design prior to this time.Q: What’s next after the public hearings?A: CDOT will collate the comments to better understand the public view of the alternatives offered and their impacts, consider the alternative that best meets the project’s purpose and need, and look at the views of the cooperating agencies, agencies with regulatory authority, corridor stakeholders and the general public in making a decision. Q: If a new locally preferred alternative is presented to FHWA and CDOT, what will you do with it?A: If a locally preferred alternative is offered by the public during the comment period, CDOT and FHWA would evaluate it for consistency with the transportation need of the project. Q: After $20 million is spent in studies, what have the taxpayers got?A: CDOT will have spent approximately $20 million to $25 million on environmental studies on I-70. The size of this investment is commensurate with the significance of the corridor to tourism, Colorado’s No. 2 industry; the sensitivity of the mountain’s natural environment and its historic communities; the complexity of weekend and weekday travel demand and the increased desire to introduce transit into the corridor.
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