Prop 109 and 110: What are they?

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Driving on the Interstate 70 Business Loop can get a little hectic. Part of Proposition 109 and 110 would be to help with that, and other hectic areas around the state.

Two ballot propositions—109 and 110, would give the state specific transportation dollars—billions of them. Prop 109 would allow the state to borrow $3.5 billion to use on 66 different highway projects throughout Colorado.

Prop 110 would raise the sales and use tax from 2.9 to 3.52 percent.

"If both ballot issues were to pass CDOT would have quite the challenge ahead of getting to all these projects in the amount of time we have to do them, but definitely it would be saying yes to funding transportation and important projects across the state," said Tracy Trulove, Colorado Department of Transportation.

"Generally speaking, I'm in favor of increasing our infrastructure and improving our infrastructure in Colorado,” said Drake Jandreau, a Colorado driver.

Jandreau still is not sure how he will vote. He likes some of the projects, but other he’s not so sure about.

In Mesa County, CDOT is looking to reconstruct the I-70 Palisade to DeBeque corridor, make improvements to the US 6 Corridor, widen CO 141B, make improvements to North Avenue, complete reconstruction and widening of the I-70 Business Loop and make safety improvements to Highway 340.

Improved roads are the pros, these are the cons: existing funds would have to be rerouted from the state budget to pay for the bonds, and that tax hike is for 20 years. CDOT said there is no hierarchy or top priority projects, but if the measures pass, they will get to work on designing and laying out the blueprints for all these projects.

For a complete list of projects around the state, follow the link on the side of this article.

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