Lawmaker wants more hurdles for private toll roads
DENVER – With the titles of thousands of properties now clouded because of a proposed private toll road on the plains, a state lawmaker wants to force developers to win state approval for their projects before they can move ahead.Rep. Marsha Looper, R-Calhan, said Tuesday that she wants to weed out those who truly want to build roads from those that don’t and force them to either make progress or give up any claims to a corridor to build a road. She said the proposed Prairie Falcon Parkway Express is hurting landowners who are in its potential path from near Fort Collins to Pueblo because title companies are now listing the potential project when they search a property’s history.”I think Ray Wells is a dreamer,” Looper said of the road’s developer. “He dreams about putting this road in and hasn’t, nor will he, take into consideration the thousands of lives he has affected and will be affected by a road that goes nowhere.”Looper, whose bill is set for a hearing Thursday, also said she wonders if Wells really intends to build a road or if he will eventually lease the devalued land to another company to build power lines or a pipeline.
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