Telluride talking toll road, too |

Telluride talking toll road, too

TELLURIDE, Colo. ” Interstate 70 isn’t the only place where the idea of a toll road is being talked about.

The last two miles of the highway into Telluride is owned by the town, which is finding its real estate transfer tax, although very large, still insufficient to carry the load of major infrastructure work. One of the key projects is maintenance of that road, and the task won’t come cheap.

“Whether or not it has a year or two left in it before it becomes the Santa Fe Trail is mostly a function of weather at this point,” says Frank Bell, the town manager.

Among the ideas that he and Mayor Stu Fraser mentioned in a recent interview with The Telluride Watch is the idea of applying tolls. Just how serious they are about the idea wasn’t clear, but one blogger on the newspaper’s website had a succinct reaction: absolutely terrible idea.

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