August 21, 2012 

(Denver) – Rep. Max Tyler (D-Lakewood) received the Transportation Legislation Review Committee’s preliminary support today for finding ways to work with the Colorado Department of Transportation to speed up the process of turning its project designs into reality.

“The Department of Transportation has got $1 billion in cash sitting in the bank, unused, for projects,” Rep. Tyler told a TLRC hearing today. “That money could go out on the road for construction projects faster.”

At Rep. Tyler’s request, TLRC staff will draft a letter asking CDOT how it plans to decrease the lag time between the approval, design and construction phases of projects, to identify the projects that can be moved forward, and asking what additional resources in engineering, planning or project management may be necessary to get these plans moving forward.

“The money’s just sitting there, earning hardly any interest, when it could be creating jobs and boosting the economy,” Rep. Tyler said.

The TLRC voted unanimously to have the letter drafted.

In other TLRC business, Rep. Dave Young (D-Greeley) won unanimous endorsement of his proposal to resubmit a bill he carried in the 2012 session to remove the $15 fee for having the licensee’s military service noted on their drivers’ licenses and state IDs.

The bill, HB12-1035, was endorsed by the TLRC last year but died in committee on a party-line vote.

“It’ll be a convenience for every veteran who wants to take advantage of the military and veterans discounts offered by restaurants and retailers,” Rep. Young said.

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