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Fatalities on Colorado interstate highways rank 14th highest in the nation

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- New research from the transportation research group “TRIP” says that the number of fatalities on Colorado’s Interstate Highway system is the 14th highest in the nation.

They're also the third busiest and the eleventh most congested interstates in the U.S., and experts at TRIP say the problem lies in the fact that highway use has grown much faster than construction on new lanes.

They're now hoping a stimulus relief package from Congress will give the state the funding it needs to make the interstate safer, but time is of the essence.

Research shows pavement and bridges are also deteriorating quickly and are in the eighth-worst condition in the nation.

The setback to fixing them has been funding, which could be even more difficult to secure amid the pandemic.

With the federal service program expiring in September, experts say it's vital that Colorado gets a long-term plan in place soon.

“We've also seen a 16 billion dollar decrease in state transportation revenue because of the pandemic,” says Rocky Moretti, Director of Policy and Research for TRIP. "It's absolutely vital that Congress in their stimulus package makes sure states like Colorado are reimbursed for those lost funds.”

If you find yourself sitting in traffic on the interstate often, you can blame that on Colorado’s booming population.

From 2000 to 2018, experts at TRIP say there was a more than 50 percent increase in vehicle travel on the interstate.

But before you jump states, experts say the design of the highway actually makes it twice as safe as other roadways in the U.S.

An estimated 99 lives in 2018 were saved because of its minimum four-lane design.

State & Regional News / Traffic

Mia Villanueva

Mia is a weekday reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Mia here.

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9 Comments

  1. I don’t understand, everyone is wearing masks! That must be why protesters are blocking traffic. We better shut the highways down.

    “They’re now hoping a stimulus relief package from Congress will give the state the funding it needs to make the interstate safer, but time is of the essence.”

    Restrictions and spending will always be their solution.

  2. Want to make the roads safer? 2 options
    1. Government buys everyone a Tesla
    2. Government forces cell phone companies to remove texting capabilities from all phones! It will save the lives of thousands of people (just like wearing a mask, we need to do it for the good of all).

  3. So, instead of spending money on our crumbling infrastructure, our fearless leader spent $91,000,000.00 on a very ugly, tacky, olympic museum, which sits smack dab in the center of the homeless path between their food and shelter! And which goes with the new ball park that has NO parking!
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    We have water main pipes that are more than 100 yrs. old, and which fail constantly; bridges that are among the unsafest in the nation, and super congested, failing roads and highways. But, hey! Suthers has his vanity projects to puff his chest out about, and saddest of all, he’ll probably get reelected because Colorado Springs voters are just that dumb.

    1. Make no mistake, his little pet projects are so he could feed his developer buddies City contracts and taxpayer $! As for re-election, thankfully he’s term limited. Problem, we’ll just get the next developer backed goon!

      1. Oh, yeah, that’s right. He is term limited. Colorado Springs voters really are that dumb!

  4. It’s sad that the previous generation favored increasing entitlements instead of making sure basics like the infrastructure were taken care of. I don’t think welfare does much except encourage people to have more babies out of wedlock (which breeds fatherless homes full of kids that commit crime at a much higher rate), and the money would have been much better spent on things that benefit the tax payers and keep our infrastructure functioning. We have flowed at this point trillions into welfare programs for what reason?? Welfare should be something optional that we can choose to pay into like a charity. Also, the government being able to run on constant deficits is a huge problem. If we don’t make enough money, then we don’t get to spend loaned money to make up for it!

  5. What a shame that the article blames congestion on the highways for increased fatalities with no data to support the claim.
    How many fatalities really happen on I-25 at the north end of the Springs during the evening rush hour, or south Denver at the same times, when traffic easily comes to a standstill?
    Maybe the research should look at when the fatality accidents happen, where they happen, and what factors contribute like speed, intoxication and distraction.

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