Governor vetoes two bills limiting ‘Super Slab’ toll road |

Governor vetoes two bills limiting ‘Super Slab’ toll road

DENVER ” Gov. Bill Owens on Monday vetoed two bills designed to limit or block a proposed private toll highway along the Front Range and urged lawmakers to study the issue this summer.

One bill would have denied developer Ray Wells the ability to condemn and take over private land, which Wells said would have killed the project. The other would have required corporations to notify all landowners whose property might be affected.

The 210-mile, Wellington-to-Pueblo road, nicknamed “Super Slab,” encountered fierce opposition after it was proposed.

Officially called the Front Range Toll Road, the project would include a 660-foot-wide corridor for a superhighway and railroad tracks. It would also carry gas lines, electrical lines and information cable and would have a 1-mile conservation easement on either side to prevent congestion.

Backers of the plan have identified a 12-mile-wide swath where the highway might go, involving thousands of property owners. Protesters showed up at rallies and said the project would hurt property values.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User