COLORADO, USA — An online tool gives Colorado residents the chance to weigh in on the future of the state's roads at a time when rapid growth continues to be on the forefront of city leaders' minds.

"Our population is growing, traffic is getting worse and we face the challenge of taking care of the system we have, while also planning for the future," said Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera at a press conference Friday at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) headquarters. 

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The tool, "Your Transportation Plan," gives people the chance to weigh in on issues that impact them most (think traffic jams, potholes and commute times), as well as identify specific needs using an interactive map.

> Click/tap here to access the Your Transportation Plan online portal: bit.ly/2Hr7OrK

Users can also provide feedback on CDOT's vision and goals as it plans for the wear and tear on the state's infrastructure caused by the growing number of vehicles on roads.

CDOT also said it will hold public meetings in all 64 counties, plus host telephone town halls and attend community events to gather feedback there, too.

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"Instead of starting with the question of how we pay for it, we want to start with the question of, 'What should we be paying for and why?'" said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew.

CDOT's goal is to gather enough input to create a new, 10-year plan of priority transportation projects.

"Coloradans are in this together — and this conversation will allow us to hear from the people that use our roads, sidewalks, bike lanes and transit options about their needs," Lew said.

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