Colorado Super Slab
Ports to Plains
Ports to Plains is not a toll road! It is a tax-funded, community supported alternative through Eastern Colorado which will actually benefit our citizens and provide a feasible through-the-state route for truckers and travelers. Studies have already been done and this multi-state project is currently underway. (Read more.)
The Denver Post Toll Road Series
These are links to the in-depth series of articles about the state of private toll roads nationally published by the Denver Post.
- Roads to Riches - Paved with Bad Projections (Truth be Tolled - part II), by Chuck Plunkett, Denver Post, 6/01/2006
- No 2-way street - When landowners help pay the toll (Truth be Tolled - part II), by Chuck Plunkett, Denver Post, 6/01/2006
- A Fork in C-470 - May Say How State Adds Lanes (Truth be Tolled - part III), by Jeffrey Leib, Denver Post, 6/01/2006
- Northwest Parkway Has Roots in Suspect Mergings, by Chuck Plunkett, Denver Post, 6/01/2006
What Super Slab Will Look Like
The proposed project is "a multi-modal transportation corridor, including a four-lane, median-divided toll highway, dual-track railroad, utilities corridor, and associated rights-of-way", just like this picture. To help conceptualize the enormity such a massive project, here are some pictures of a smaller toll road project, SH 130, currently under construction in Texas.
What Will Be Destroyed
Hostages of the Corridor is a beautiful photo essay by Colorado photographer Paul Hanke. It is a visualization of what will be impacted in El Paso and Elbert Counties. Even though the parameters of the corridor have changed, and may change again, these pictures provide a good representation of what will be lost if this project is allowed to proceed!
Impacted Wildlife, Habitat and Public Lands
The proposed Super Slab corridor is home to abundant Colorado wildlife, plus many threatened and endangered species reside within its boundaries. Bravo Bend Wildlife Refuge and an adjacent 38,000 acre hunting reserve are in its path. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has a list of endangered or threatened species in the state. Check to see which species you might have in your piece of the corridor.
Expanses of land held in trust for future generations by the Colorado State Land Board are also within the corridor. These parcels are also part of the Stewardship Trust, established in 1999, which allows no new usage of these lands except to enhance the original reason it was placed in the Trust. The dual constitutional mission of the State Land Board is not compatible with building a private toll road.
The Denver Aquifer is the second largest in the world! The 210 mile Super Slab corridor passes through or over the Arkansas and South Platte tributaries, the Denver, Dawson, Arapahoe and Fox Hills Aquifers, and the Bijou, Greeley, Dakota-Cheyenne, Black Squirrel and Upper Big Sandy Water Basins. Will these be compromised or interrupted by such a major construction project? How far down will they dig? What happens to domestic, commercial and irrigation wells? Will our water be depleted resulting in shortages for Colorado and lawsuits from other states? What happens to the wetlands? And how severely will our water quality and environment be tainted from acid and toxic run off from this construction project? What will the temporary and permanent impacts be? All these questions remain unanswered!
Please see HB07-1067 to impose requirements on Toll Road companies to avoid unintended consequences, and its ammendment. Also see HB08-1007 to impose certain requirements on private Toll Road companies for the purpose of alleviating consequences of those provisions that may affect real property.