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HOV lane between Denver and Boulder?

DENVER ” A plan to add a combination HOV-toll lane on U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder was named a finalist Wednesday for a share of $1.1 billion in federal money.

The lane would be free to high-occupancy vehicles, buses and motorcycles, while lone drivers would pay a toll based on the amount of traffic on the road.

Nine cities are on the list of finalists, and five will be chosen to share the money, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters said during a visit to Denver.

It wasn’t clear when the winners would be announced. Peters said federal officials would work with Denver and the other cities to evaluate their traffic plans over the next few weeks to see if they can reduce traffic immediately.

A coalition of seven cities and counties along U.S. 36 requested $234 million for the project.

They want to add an 18-mile-long express lane along the highway, separated from the other lanes by a buffer. It would connect with the existing HOV-toll lane on Interstate 25 and have access points along the way where vehicles could enter and exit the lane.

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