Colorado’s recent population boom has brought economic stimulation and increased tax revenue, but has also brought more drivers to our roads. This unprecedented growth is putting a strain on an already deficient transportation budget and Colorado’s roads, 52 percent of which are in poor condition.
During the last decade, Colorado’s population grew by 53 percent, while lane miles grew by a mere 2 percent.
The main funding source for transportation infrastructure is the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF), which is funded by a state gas tax and license/registration fees. Though the price of gas has steadily increased, the gas tax rate has remained unchanged since 1991, and now accounts for a mere 22 cents per gallon of gas.
After 11 percent is automatically allocated to help fund Colorado State Patrol and the Department of Motor Vehicles, the remainder is split with 60 percent going to CDOT and 40 percent going to cities and counties. Annually, CDOT receives $400 million from the HUTF, but spends over $684 million just to maintain the current system, accounting for 63 percent of their $1.1 billion budget.