Grand Junction, Colo. - If you've lived in Colorado for sometime, you may have noticed our roadways need a lot of work.
As the 2018 Colorado Legislature got underway today, Senate Republicans introduced a bill to try and solve this issue.
It seems that almost everywhere we turn, there's some sort of construction on our roadways. With the states population expected to exceed over 6 million people in 2030, Colorado Senators are saying the time to invest in our roadways is now.
"It was a priority in the 2017 general assembly session and it's a priority this year. We've been talking about it probably for the last three to five years," said Diane Schwenke with the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce.
Those with the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce say the last time a bill was passed aimed at fixing our streets, was back in the early 2000's.
"Everybody says we've got to do it. It's how we do it," said Schwenke.
If voters approved the measure, Senate Bill 1 would issue bonds up to $3.5 billion for investment in Colorado's roads. However, there are still some unanswered questions that voters have.
"Is $3.5 billion of bonds enough to chip away at what we have been told is potentially a $20 billion problem?," said Schwenke
"That's a lot of road repairs," said Colorado Senator Ray Scott.
Though our roads may be a problem statewide, it's an issue that hits close to home.
"Because we are quite distant from the State Capitol and population centers, having a good state highway system is imperative for us," said Schwenke.
Due to the need for road improvements, Colorado Senators are hopeful that voters will show their support.
"They would be authorizing us as the legislature to fund those projects. We know the revenue is there, but we need authorization from the voters," said Scott.
Just like any legislation, the details may change. Yet Senate Republicans are hopeful that it will end up on the November ballot.
Bonds issued under Senate Bill 1 will not add any additional taxes, instead it will be pulled from current existing revenues.