I-70 mountain corridor travel increased in 2013 | SkyHiNews.com

I-70 mountain corridor travel increased in 2013

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COLORADO — Travel along the Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor saw an overall increase in 2013 with November and December counts through the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel up by more than 73,550 vehicles. Total vehicles traveling through the tunnel in 2013 were 10.89 million compared to 10.73 million overall motorists in 2012.

The widening of the eastbound lanes at Twin Tunnels near Idaho Springs has brought about congestion relief in the area, with the upcoming Peak Period Shoulder Lanes project and others being proposed along the corridor, motorists will see additional relief and shortened travel times in both directions on I-70.

Peak travel months through the Eisenhower Tunnel in 2012 and 2013 were March, July and August. March 2013 saw about 1.03 million motorists, that same month in 2012, 1.01 million vehicles traveled through. In July and August 2013, there was a 40,916 increase from 2012.

The New Year's holiday always brings heavy traffic counts to the I-70 mountain corridor. This year was no different. With two major holidays falling on two consecutive Wednesdays, high traffic numbers persisted for a two week span leading up to Christmas and through Sunday, Jan. 4.

Updated road conditions are available at http://www.cotrip.org or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state.

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