US Highway 36
Colorado transportation officials say more partnerships with private companies could be on the horizon after the state signed a deal for a private company to help expand and maintain the main Denver-Boulder highway and collect tolls.
A blasting project that dumped huge boulders on U.S. Highway 36 between Lyons and Pinewood Springs closed the highway Monday and Tuesday but they’ve been cleared and it’s now back open.
The Colorado Department of Transportation on Friday publicly released its much-criticized contract with a private firm to operate U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder for the next 50 years.
Strong emotions carried over to the second meeting to discuss the privatization of U.S. 36 that would turn over a toll lane to a private company for the next 50 years.
After a heated public meeting in Westminster over a deal that would allow a private consortium to operate US 36, the venue for a meeting in Louisville Thursday evening has been changed to accommodate more people.
Critics heatedly attacked a 50-year deal Wednesday that would allow a private consortium to operate the main highway between Denver and Boulder, saying it will last too long and puts the public at risk.
Supporters and opponents are gearing up for two public meetings to discuss a deal that would allow a private company to take over the operation of the main highway between Denver and Boulder for the next 50 years.