Get used to it |

Get used to it

It is said that money flows to plans. That’s the only hope anybody can have about the big Interstate 70 debates on how to solve congestion, no matter what alternative becomes the chosen one.For all the anguish about alternatives, and the dissing of mass transit in favor of pavement, the truth is the lack of money for the project is akin to doing nothing.The Colorado Department of Transportation says it would have $1 billion to spend over 20 years.That means stretched-out and constant construction resulting in what we have now, congestion and backups.Local businesses, locals, visitors and second homeowners should get used to life the way it is for a long, long time.What’s the current solution? It’s simple. Travel off peak on Saturdays and Sundays. Or don’t travel at all.CDOT says many Front Range people are already making the latter decision.Judging from informal chairlift surveys, the smart people get up here early and leave early. Others are buying condos or homes, some as far away as the Fairplay area, so they can stay over Sunday night and commute back to the Front Range early Monday morning.But that’s not practical or possible for many families.Still, it’s safe to say the congestion is producing certain social and economic changes, even if we don’t realize what all the ramifications are.The bottom line is that congestion will be a limiting factor for a long time to come.

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