Transportation Commission approves road projects for November ballot |

Transportation Commission approves road projects for November ballot

DENVER ” The state Transportation Commission unanimously approved a list of road projects Thursday that would be built if voters agree to give up $3.1 billion in tax surplus refunds over the next five years.

Transportation Director Tom Norton said the projects offer something for every region of the state.

“I think this will certainly provide voters with an idea of what we can do. Certainly, these are projects that are desperately needed,” Norton said.

The list includes a new interchange for the booming military base at Fort Carson and promises to help rapidly growing areas in Adams County.

Lawmakers hope the list will persuade voters to approve Referendum C on the November ballot, a measure designed to solve the state’s fiscal crisis and fund highway construction and other programs that have suffered since the recession.

The Referendum would allow the state to keep $3.1 billion that normally would be refunded to taxpayers under the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights.

To make the measure more palatable, lawmakers agreed to tell voters how the money would be spent.

A second issue on the November ballot, Referendum D, would allow the state to use the money to repair deteriorating roads and bridges as well as fix aging school buildings across Colorado.

Referendum D also would provide money to pay off the state’s debts, including payments to the firefighter and police retirement fund and the settlement of a 1998 lawsuit over school construction.

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