Because of all the weekend skiers heading home, it can take 3 to 4 hours or more to travel east from Summit County back to the front range on a Sunday afternoon in the winter.
This Sunday afternoon congestion headed east on I-70 has been the source of much discussion - and consternation - lately. See "Experts suggest 'preferred option' to ease Twin Tunnels bottleneck on I-70" from the Denver Post and "Fix I-70 Day" on the Huffington Post.
Some of the suggestions to fix the problem are highlighted in these two articles.
All of them cost millions and millions (and millions) of dollars. Let us cut right to the chase... the ski chase, that is. Here is a crazy idea: make those that profit off the use of the public highways pay for their expansion.
If the Summit County resorts, and those farther west like Vail and Beaver Creek, want better access to their services, they should pay for that improved access. There is no good reason that the taxpayers of Colorado pay to improve the bottom line of private business.
Why should a family in Pueblo that does not ski pay to help the ski industry? Why should anyone in Sterling that has never even been to the mountains pay to help the ski industry?
They should not.
Let the ski resorts come up with a plan. Let them pay for it. If it is not worth it to them, why should it be worth it to anyone else?
It should not.
Any government money to expand I-70 is nothing but corporate welfare and a subsidy to private business. "Progressives" should be against corporate welfare. "Conservatives" should be against subsidies.