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April 22, 2010
Internal CDOT emails show a little tension between the agency and state Senator Chris Romer over the so-called "zipper-lane" bill.
The bill would attempt to alleviate I-70's mountain congestion by using movable concrete barriers to create more lanes going West before the weekends, and more lanes going East at the end of the weekend, much in the same way HOV lanes alternate direction depending on time of day.
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The emails from CDOT lobbyist Herman Stockinger mix no words. "My desire is to go after this stupid bill and get it killed." Stockinger keeps going in the next paragraph, saying, "I'll be honest, I'm looking for a reason to oppose this."
In a later email, Stockinger says, Senator Romer "recognizes he stepped on some toes in the process," potentially alluding to whether Romer included the agency early enough in the process of drafting the legislation.
Romer has virtually made a public relations career over his various I-70 schemes. Two years ago, the Senator was the point of controversy by suggesting I-70 be turned, according to this Rocky Mountain News article, "into an HOV/toll road during ski-season rush hours." ***
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