I-70 truck restrictions pitched in Colorado governor’s race

Democratic candidate for governor John Hickenlooper has proposed installing tractor-trailer restrictions along sections of I-70 in Colorado during times of heavy traffic, such as weekend rush hours. The Colorado Independent reported that Hickenlooper would like to ban vehicles heading westbound on Friday afternoons and trucks heading eastbound on Sunday afternoons.

i70-colorado-f.jpgHickenlooper, the mayor of Denver, is in a three-way race for governor. According to a Rasmussen poll, Hickenlooper leads with 36% of the support. Republican Dan Maes holds 24% and Tom Tancredo at 14%.

The article quoted Hickenlooper as saying that the ability of residents to get for the mountains for recreation is vital to Colorado. The article cited California’s ban on trucks through Donner Pass during inclement weather as an example.

Just my opinion, but California restricting truck traffic through a mountainous region during times of snow and high winds for safety reasons is a far cry from Colorado restricting truck traffic and slowing interstate trade because residents want to enjoy their weekends.

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