Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Westminster, Colorado USA
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Being a Colorado native, and having seen the problems that the lack of adequate tire tread causes, this is a great step forward. The real challenge will be with rental car companies. They are usually pretty good about keeping their fleet maintained. But, let's say that you rent a car at DIA and drive up to Vail for a ski trip. You get a car with marginal tires, and get stuck going up I70. The State Trooper kindly gets you pulled out of the ditch, and on your way with a nice ticket. Now who is to blame for that? Who will pay for that ticket?
The I70 corridor is woefully in need of additional capacity, and has been for decades. As our state grows and the number of skier visits increases, there has to be another solution for the congestion. We can't just widen the road. This for the most part two lanes of traffic in each direction. It often has a river on one side and a steep mountain cliff on the other, or through valleys with granite on both sides and steep faces that must be carved out to create additional room.
I'm sure that other states have similar problems, but this has been a long underfunded section of roadway that is critical for commercial as well as personal traffic. Those of you on the east coast that want fresh produce in the winter should care. Those who want vehicles from Japan, or goods from China, should care. This road is part our interstate system, and due geographic location is used heavily for a main commercial route.
(Stepping off my soap box now...)