State Puts Brakes on I-70 Widening

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Denver (AP) With mountain communities opposed to simply widening Interstate 70, the state transportation is going back to the drawing board to find ways to improve the highway.

Transportation chief Russ George says it doesn't make any sense to move ahead with an approach that's not supported by people who live along the corridor. They've been pushing for mass transit to be included in the plan.

George was appointed by Governor Ritter when he took office in January. He says mountain communities feel like they were excluded from a previous study which focused mainly on widening the highway to six lanes.

Space would be set aside for a future transit project because road planners assumed it would be too expensive to build in the first go around. George says he'll scrap that and listen to what communities have to say. He also hopes they may help pay for a solution that they can support.

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