Colorado

Sep 17, 2010 8:43 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Report: More than half Colorado roads in poor shape

A new assessment of Colorado's road conditions says that 52 percent of the roads maintained by the state are in poor condition, the first time more than half the roads were found in that shape.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has assessed the roads statewide for 10 years. The agency's analysis released Wednesday said if the state spends about $260 million annually on roads as forecast the next 20 years, 78 percent of the highways will be in poor condition by 2030.

State officials say there's been a steady deterioration the past five years as the budget has been squeezed.

Lawmakers last year raised vehicle registration fees to pay for highway repairs. A measure on the November ballot cut taxes and fees on vehicles.

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