Sunday, April 24, 2005

The Widening of Interstate 70

Most of the 40 citizens who attended the most recent "Our Future Summit" panel discussion said they were skeptical of the $4 billion, 20-year plan to add more lanes to I-70.

Instead, many called for some immediate remedies to address chokepoints, while at the same time urging the agency to plan well ahead for a long-term, mass-transit solution.

Summit County and its local towns are part of the 30-member I-70 Central Coalition formed after the environmental impact statement was released. Its goal was to produce a regional political consensus on improvements.

That consensus may be elusive just within Summit County, where some segments of the community are advocating for more lanes, while others press for mass transit and others argue for the do-nothing alternative.

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