Denver, CO – Today, Walker Stapleton released his policy priorities to address Colorado’s transportation needs. As governor, Walker will implement a long-term solution to fix transportation and move away from the current model of short-term fixes that don’t address the root of the problem.
“Coloradans spend too much time sitting in traffic. Investing in our state’s infrastructure will ease congestion and allow Coloradans to spend more time at their destinations, including at home with their families,” said Walker. “We need a long-term solution to fix our state’s transportation problems; we can no longer kick the can down the road. I will demand transparency and accountability from the Department of Transportation, find a long-term revenue stream to fund our transportation needs, and prioritize building roads and bridges, something we have neglected for far too long.”
Improve Transparency and Accountability
Walker will make increasing transparency and accountability of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) a major priority. As Governor, Walker will make the CDOT budget available to Colorado taxpayers to bring more accountability to the agency.
It is also critical that contractors are held accountable for their work. Walker will implement needed reforms to ensure projects and contracts are properly bid out, teams are thoroughly vetted, and hold contractors and consultants accountable.
Building Roads and Bridges
The American Civil Engineers gave Colorado a D+ on infrastructure in 2017. Furthermore, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, 488 of Colorado’s bridges are structurally deficient.
Walker will work with CDOT, the Federal Government, and municipalities to prioritize key transportation projects, increase capacity through lane expansion, and fix our crumbling infrastructure. It is also important to properly maintain Colorado’s current infrastructure to make sure it is safe.
Colorado needs to be more efficient with available funds and not default to asking voters for more money. Walker will look to cut administration costs and bring CDOT’s per mile expenditures more in-line with Colorado’s mountain peers. These savings can be used to finance bonds to fund much-needed projects and fill the transportation funding gap.
Another potential revenue source could be new revenue from legalized sports gambling. If the legislature decides to legalize sports betting and the taxpayers approve a tax on this new business, it would be a good use of the funds to use this money to fix Colorado’s crumbling infrastructure.FacebookTwitterGoogle +