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I-70 in Colorado: Mountain Corridor Upgrades

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Revive 755:
How long before one of the three opens up though?  I don't see Missouri going through with tolling I-70.

andy3175:
Not entirely on-topic but worthwhile since the Idaho Springs Tunnels were mentioned upstream: An expansion project is underway to widen I-70 through Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs, including the twin tunnels. Construction was underway when I passed through earlier this month.

http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/i70twintunnels

Regards,
Andy

Mark68:
Couldn't CDOT potentially toll the Idaho Springs tunnels, the Ike/Johnson tunnels, and the Glenwood Springs tunnel (as well as the elevated portions of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon)?

thenetwork:
If it's tolling to alleviate the major weekend traffic jams between Vail and Denver, then there is no need or reason to toll Glenwood Canyon.  The only jams that the canyon has is when there are accidents, rockslides or construction that close up one direction and two-way traffic is shared in the other. 

If you are going to toll, I'd put the Eisenhower Tunnel toll barrier just east of the tunnels and the US-6/Loveland Pass exit.  Haz-Mat vehicles who must take US-6 over the divide as well as those wanting to skirt the "tunnel toll" should pitch in as well.

That being said, a single toll point is all that is really needed as that is where the majority of the traffic volumes come together on I-70 before they spread out on either side to off-highway designations.

andy3175:

--- Quote from: andy3175 on August 18, 2013, 10:54:35 PM ---Not entirely on-topic but worthwhile since the Idaho Springs Tunnels were mentioned upstream: An expansion project is underway to widen I-70 through Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs, including the twin tunnels. Construction was underway when I passed through earlier this month.

http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/i70twintunnels

Regards,
Andy

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On December 13, the expanded eastbound tunnel at Idaho Springs opened to traffic:

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/12/12/twin-tunnels-expansion-hopes-to-ease-traffic-congestion-i-70/

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/12/13/twin-tunnels-eastbound-now-open-with-3-lanes/


--- Quote ---“Many years in the making to get to this point [opening on December 13, 2013],”  said CDOT Region One Transportation Director Tony DeVito. The project [widened] the tunnel’s eastbound bore to accommodate an additional lane of I-70 just a couple of miles downhill from Idaho Springs. After months of blasting out tons of rock, three lanes of eastbound traffic will be allowed through starting on Friday. “This is an exciting day. It’s hard to believe we started this detour on April 1,”  said DeVito. The eastbound tunnel was singled out as the major pinch point for the drive back to Denver from the mountains. New LED lights will also help. “This tunnel is much higher, much wider and you’re not going to get that black hole effect that was slowing people with a psychological event for many years,”  said DeVito.
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Also notable was this comment about the possibility of toll lanes at the end of the first article:


--- Quote ---With that expansion complete, other projects for the mountain corridor are moving forward. “The main thing CDOT is working on right now is the peak period shoulder lane project,”  said DeVito. “It will add an operational lane, a shoulder lane that will become operational during peak periods from Empire.”  The shoulder lane is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015 and it will cost drivers to use it.
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The second article adds about the toll lanes:


--- Quote ---The tunnel widening is only one part of a larger project. In 2014 the Interstate 70 peak period shoulder lane project will get started. It will be adding a lane for eastbound travel from the empire junction where U.S. 40 splits off toward Winter Park and go all the way through Idaho Springs to the tunnels. When it’s done the shoulder lanes can be taken at any time, but during peak travel times it will be a toll lane. It opens in 2015.
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Regards,
Andy

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