El Paso County Commission candidates talk pressing county needs, development, pandemic response

Originally posted at The Gazette:

As El Paso County continues to weather massive population growth and enters its third year of local response to the global pandemic, The Gazette asked five county commissioner candidates five questions about the county’s most pressing infrastructure needs, future development, the pandemic and more.


Williams: Our most pressing infrastructure need is our road infrastructure, including improvements to major arterials and neighborhood roads. Addition‐
ally, road safety and driver speeding has increased the need for additional law enforcement.

In the past four years, I have supported increasing the road maintenance budget by $13.1 million in ongoing revenue. This year, I supported dedicating
$24 million in onetime revenue for roads. I will continue to support additional ongoing revenues for roads as well as adding additional one-time revenues
each year.

There are several projects occurring this year, including improvements to Highway 105 near Interstate 25, and several neighborhood roads such as Jessie Drive and Walker Road. As chairwoman of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, I support a proposed renewal of the 1-cent sales tax, which will build the connection of Powers Boulevard from (Colorado) 83 to Voyager Parkway.


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