- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

DENVER (AP) - A controversial contract that calls for a private company to help expand and maintain the main Denver-Boulder highway and collect tolls from some of the lanes is going before the state transportation commission.

The commission is scheduled to discuss the U.S. 36 contract Thursday at noon, a day after a board set up to oversee such deals unanimously approved it.

Three opponents of the deal were forcibly removed when they argued over the rules for public comment.

The Colorado Department of Transportation picked Plenary Roads to complete the second phase of construction on the highway. Under the deal, the company will also be responsible for maintaining and plowing it as well as the stretch of Interstate 25 between downtown Denver.

CDOT says the deal is expected to close next week.



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