I read a recent article in Roads and Bridges on the reconstruction of the roadways to Estes Park. An excellent effort by state officials and private contractors to rebuild over 20 miles of roads that were wiped away in mid-September when unprecedented rainstorms cut Estes Park off from the front range. I actually had reservations in Estes Park as part of a plan to go hiking at Lawn Lake, among others. Lawn Lake was one the harder hit areas in the park. Went to Leadville. If you have never been, go. The early money in Colorado came out of Leadville – silver was the money-maker. I did a 12 mile hike thought the mining district as it snowed – note it is the 2 mile high City. Great hike in the am – the photos were fantastic as well.
But the point is that people expect government to solve problems like the roadways in Colorado. They expect we will solve water, sewer and storm water problems. We have done a great job of it because people take these services for granted. What we don’t want is to have a catastrophic failure, natural or otherwise.. ..