In 2016, I traveled to Utah with then-Gov. John Hickenlooper and Shailen Bhatt, who was the head of the Colorado Department of Transportation at the time, to unlock the secret of Utah’s transportation and infrastructure successes.
Utah, a Republican-dominated state, had raised taxes three times in the past ten years and made substantial investments in infrastructure and expanded highway lanes, giving them a distinct economic and quality of life advantage over Colorado.
At the time, Utah spent about $660 million a year on highway projects to expand capacity, compared to Colorado’s $159 million. And, while Colorado was dependent upon federal funding for 65% of our highway spending, Utah relied on it for only 25%.
Utah was the gold standard, spending billions on their transportation…
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