Fourteen Colorado lawmakers have asked for a 60-day review of a $425 million reconstruction project for U.S. Interstate 36 between Denver and Boulder in a letter to the state department of transportation.
The 50-year contract between the Colorado Department of Transportation and Plenary Roads Denver will call on the company to operate and maintain the U.S. 36 corridor and allow the company to charge tolls for vehicles with only one or two passengers.
The Democratic lawmakers’ request is partly in response to concerns that have arisen about the project, including worries that only vehicles carrying three or more passengers will be able to use the High Occupancy Vehicle lane for free. The letter says the agreement was made in “secret.”
“Do we have to pay this private company if we build a road nearby or change a nearby bus route?” State Sen. Matt Jones (D) said to the Denver Post. “Do we have to compensate this company for all of this? Well, I don’t know because we have not been able to see the contract.”
Feb. 4, 2014 update: Colorado Department of Transportation agrees to brief lawmakers on the I-36 project, according to the Denver Post.