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Gibbs, Scanlan to talk transportation in Frisco

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news
Frisco, CO Colorado
Eastbound I-70 traffic grinds to a halt in April 2013 near the Eisenhower Tunnel. CDOT recently reported 2013 traffic volume exceeded 2012 numbers.
File photo |

State Rep. Christine Scanlan and Sen. Dan Gibbs will be at Abbey’s Coffee on Saturday morning to discuss transportation issues with anyone interested.

Local needs regarding the Interstate 70 corridor, deficient infrastructure and expansion of Colorado 9 in Summit County could gain financing through economic-recovery legislation proposed by Gibbs that is now being considered.

The two Democrats ” whose districts include the county ” both addressed transportation as a key issue in their 2008 campaigns.

Gibbs, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, is driving a bill to bring $250 million annually into state infrastructure. He has said the legislation would improve safety as well as provide jobs during a time when unemployment numbers are rising.

Some 40 percent of Colorado roads are rated in poor condition, according to state reports.

Scanlan, who has worked to oppose tolling along I-70, supports widening the highway’s lanes and adding acceleration and deceleration lanes.

Though Scanlan supports mass transit through the highway’s mountain corridor, she has spoken in favor of gaining local support before proceeding with a multi-billion dollar system.

The meeting is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Abbey’s is at 720 Main Street in Frisco.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.


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