Colorado's transportation system faces a quiet crisis. The gasoline tax revenue has eroded to less than a third of its value in the last decade. The current estimate is that the State faces a $53 BILLION shortfall between now and 2035 just to maintain the existing state road system in its present condition. The Governor's Transportation Panel has recommended a $1.5 Billion annual increase in transportation funding to partially offset this shortfall. Clearly, funding for any significant road improvements or new roadway connection (such as the Jefferson Parkway) is very unlikely to be funded by CDOT for the forseeable future.