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The Denver Post
Monte Whaley

A controversial pact between the state and a private firm hired to manage and collect tolls along U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder was released to a skeptical public Friday afternoon...

Many financial details of the 600-page contract between the Colorado Department of Transportation and Plenary Roads Denver were kept secret during negotiations. But many of those sticking points have been worked out, and they are now open for public review, CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said.

The document contains the contract provisions, standards of service and other agreements to which each agency will be held, said Ford. It also includes 27 schedules which describe agreements ranging from maintenance to construction requirements....

Critics of the agreement said they will take the weekend to review it.

"The thing most will ask is, 'Is this a good deal for the public?' " said Danny Katz, director of CoPIRG, a public-interest advocacy group.


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