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.
Twin Tunnel Update
The third lane though the eastbound Twin Tunnel is complete, and work to widen the westbound Tunnel is underway. Learn more about this project and the construction schedule at the CDOT site 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.