Gardner Meets with Northern I-25 Coalition
Washington, DC – Rep. Cory Gardner (CO-04) met with members of the Northern I-25 Coalition this week to discuss the issues associated with the aging nature of the interstate. Recognizing the important role that Northern Colorado and the I-25 corridor play in the Colorado economy, Gardner believes that finding a solution is more important than ever.
“At a time when the I-25 corridor has seen its traffic population grow by more than 425 percent over the past 20 years, it is now more important than ever to ensure that Northern Colorado has the infrastructure to support our evolving economy,” Gardner said. “Local officials have estimated that the outdated interstate system has cost the area 56 million dollars, proof that it is far past time to address this issue.”
“I encourage state and federal officials to realize that finding commonsense solutions for the interstate problems in Northern Colorado will benefit the entire state as Colorado continues to lead in areas such as manufacturing, agriculture, energy development, and technology.”
“Northern Colorado is the economic engine for Colorado,” said Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway during the meeting. “The growth in Colorado is occurring in Northern Colorado.”
“We appreciate the Congressman taking the time to listen to the concerns of this Coalition,” said Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer. “Representatives from each of the eleven communities along the corridor have come together to express concern about the future of north I-25.”
“CDOT’s proposed plan for northern I-25 is not acceptable,” said Weld County Commissioner Mike Freeman. “This road is not adequate for traffic currently using the road. To be told that the only way to improve the road is to take a free lane and toll it in hopes of seeing improvements in 63years does not work.”