A Potential Return to HOV-2 on Denver Express Lanes Could Cost Colorado DOT Millions

9News reports that lawmakers will “debate changing HOV-3 back to HOV-2” for the I-25 and US 36 express lanes, but a reversion could be costly. CDOT spokeswoman Megan Castle tells the station, “Any changes in the state law that occur after the contract [between CDOT and P3 partner Plenary Roads] has been made, CDOT is responsible for that. If that change would happen to HOV-2, then CDOT would be liable for making up that cost which would be $4.6 million a year, and it could change afterwards also.” State Representative Hugh McKean (R-Loveland), a sponsor of HB17-1153, concedes the bill doesn’t have a chance with that price tag.