Colorado Public Works Journal, Spring 2021

Spring 2021 | 49 ACPA COLORADO/WYOMING CHAPTER Angela Folkestad, PE It’s Past Time to Invest in Colorado’s Transportation System & Concrete Pavement is Essential to Solving our Challenges Colorado’s roadways are in rough shape, and TRIP’s “Keeping Colorado Mobile” report released in early March in combina- tion with the 2021 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card confirm what Colorado drivers experience every day. A few highlights from the TRIP report: • Nearly half of Colorado’s major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor or mediocre condition. • Congested roads, highways and bottlenecks choke com- muting and commerce and cost Colorado drivers $3.5 billion each year in the form of lost time and wasted fuel. • From 2000 to 2019, vehicle travel in Colorado increased by 31%, the 9th highest rate in the country. • Traffic congestion causes up to 62 annual hours of delay for motorists in some urban areas and costs drivers as much as $1,242 annually in lost time and wasted fuel. ASCE presented several solutions to raise our national road- way grade from its current mark as a D. They include: • Increase funding from all levels of government and the pri- vate sector to address the condition and operations of the roadway system to maintain a state of good repair and ensure safety for all users. Angela Folkestad is the executive director of ACPA, Colorado/Wyoming Chapter. She can be reached at • Fix the federal Highway Trust Fund…to ensure long-term, sustainable funding for the federal surface transportation program. • Develop state and local level comprehensive transportation asset management plans that link asset management efforts to long-term transportation planning and incorporate the use of life-cycle cost analysis. If we want to improve our roadway conditions from a dismal D rating and reduce the financial impact on individual Coloradans, we must be willing to commit to a long-term plan to invest in our transportation system. That investment must include CONCRETE PAVEMENT SOLUTIONS to extend the life of our roadways and carry the increased freight traffic expected.