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Colorado Expanding Tolling Systems on Two Denver-Area Highways

State transportation officials set new toll rates for two busy highway corridors outside Denver.
October 16, 2015, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Monte Whaley reports on road tolls for two congested roads in Colorado. The state's High Performance Transportation Enterprise set the tolls for I-70 mountain corridor between Empire and Idaho Springs, west of Denver, as well as for U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder.

The dynamic pricing of those toll lanes could bring a pretty steep price, according to Whaley. "Drivers jumping onto the toll lane on the Interstate 70 mountain corridor could pay as much as $40, while those traveling to a University of Colorado football game will pay more if they use the U.S. 36 toll lane."

The U.S. 36 tolls are set for the forthcoming second phase of that roadway's Express Lanes project, due to open in 2016. The mention of football reflects a special rate for special events. That will generate significant traffic along the route.

Under the state of Colorado's road toll system, an electronic ExpressToll pass earns a discount from the tolls charged to cars via their license plates.

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Published on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 in The Denver Post
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