Tolled express lanes approved for 13 miles of C-470 between I-25 and Kipling

Construction may not start for up to 2 years

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - A plan for tolled express lanes approved for a 13-mile stretch of C-470 between I-25 and Kipling Monday evening.

The user-funded express lanes were unanimously approved by the C-470 corridor coalition policy committee, paving the way for the coalition to work on design, cost estimates, traffic research and a revenue study. It could still be as long as two years before construction begins.

"After two years of study, gathering the public’s opinion and researching viable options, we were able to agree on a solution to relieve congestion and improve safety and mobility along C-470," said Douglas County Commissioner Jack Hilbert in a written statement on the Douglas County website.

The coalition was formed in 2011 to consider create a plan to fund and improve C-470.

Hilbert said the coalition was able dismiss the "less favorable" alternatives of using sales tax and property tax increases.