IDAHO SPRINGS, Colorado (CBS4)– It was stop number one of two for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Thursday afternoon at the Floyd Hill base, joined by several of Colorado’s political heavyweights to talk about the future of I- 70 and Colorado on the roads. The Transportation Secretary will travel to Glenwood Canyon on Friday to continue his tour of some of the state’s top improvement targets, hoping to win support for the $65 billion federal infrastructure bill recently. adopted.
“There’s no doubt Colorado will benefit immensely,” Buttigieg said, saying I-70 is a priority for the nation to stay open and keep moving at an appropriate speed.
He mentioned that he understands that we won’t be able to get out of the traffic problems, but that keeping the highway well supported is on the to-do list, mentioning the importance of the supply chain and the efforts to address climate change as a contributing factor to woes. found along the highway. The proposed plan for Floyd Hill includes a 5-year schedule to raze some of the canyon walls to make way for a wider three-lane road that has a less steep angle at the bottom of the hill. State funding has already been secured to begin work next week, but there is still a question as to how much federal funding, if any, this project will receive.
Gov. Jared Polis, joined by Senators Michael Bennett and John Hickenlooper and U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse, was quick to thank Buttigieg for his visit along the highway and shared optimistic hope for drivers who depend on the mountain corridor for transportation.
Yet the promise of construction in one of the biggest trouble spots along I-70 concerned the Clear Creek County Sheriff, concerned that emergency crews might have more trouble getting to parts. of Evergreen if construction and traffic prevented them from taking the shortest route.
Clear Creek County Sheriff Rick Alvers told CBS4 Mountain Newsroom reporter Spencer Wilson that he believes Polis will keep its promise that the freeway will remain open for the duration of construction, but keep an eye on the situation nonetheless.