Colorado's Solution for a Better I-70
Problem: The Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor, from Denver to Glenwood Springs, is not meeting the transportation needs of Colorado. For Colorado residents, visitors and businesses, I-70 is a gateway to recreation, to commerce and to everyday necessities. Although the majority of the time the corridor is congestion-free, this stretch of highway has become completely overburdened on winter and summer weekends.
Colorado's I-70 Mountain Corridor is like a clogged artery leading right to the heart of Colorado.
Solution: A transportation infrastructure through the mountain corridor that is efficient, safe and environmentally sound, for this and future generations.
The I-70 Mountain Corridor must increase its capacity and efficiency in the following ways:
- Diversify the modes of transportation from Denver to Glenwood Springs. We can't just talk about adding more asphalt. Solutions to the I-70 problem must include transit.
- Spread out the demand: implement measures that take vehicles off the road during the peak traffic times - when I-70 looks more like a parking lot than an interstate highway. Provide incentives for vehicles to get on the road at times when there isn't any traffic.
- Develop a funding mechanism to pay for these solutions.
- Respect Colorado's history and natural environment while meeting transportation needs along the corridor.
New Capacity for I-70
The project to widen the eastbound twin tunnel (east of Idaho Springs) to three lanes is already underway. In April - October 2013, the eastbound twin tunnel will close to traffic, and both lanes of traffic will detour onto the frontage road. This detour will be in place 24/7. Project details can be found here.
The I-70 Coalition is excited to offer GoI70.com, THE resource to help you plan a delay-free trip, and learn other ways you can be a part of the I-70 solution. Do you want to know the best resources to get real time road and traffic information? Want to know the best times to travel I-70, find an extra rider to share expenses, get info on a ski bus, or a good deal on dinner or an overnight stay? It is all at GoI70.com.
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Did You Know…
The Colorado ski industry contributes over $2.5 billion to the state's economy, 60% of which is filtered into commercial establishments in resort communities. Based on statistics collected by the Colorado Department of Transportation, I-70 was closed 119 hours in 2007 at an economic impact of $800,000 per hour.