Law enforcement to pace traffic again on I-70 on Sept. 25 |

Law enforcement to pace traffic again on I-70 on Sept. 25

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), in coordination with the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), and Silverthorne Police Department (SPD), will be testing what they’re calling “Rolling Speed Harmonization” for a second time, along a longer stretch of Interstate 70.

Beginning at approximately 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, a single SPD car will switch on its emergency lights and merge ahead of traffic, starting just east of the Silverthorne Interchange. The police vehicle will use the center or left lane to pace eastbound vehicles at speeds of 45-55 mph, to the entrance of the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel.

At the entrance point, the SPD will hand-off to the CSP, with the CSP pacing vehicles through the tunnel and east 18 miles to U.S. 40 (Empire Junction).

The 27-mile pacing operation will repeat about every five to 10 minutes, until around 2 p.m.

The operation is a follow-up to a test conducted on Saturday, Aug. 13, along eastbound I-70 from Silverthorne to the tunnels. Data collected from that test indicated Rolling Speed Harmonization created more uniform speeds for vehicles, and as a result, could improve safety, reduce traffic crashes and ultimately improve traffic flow on the corridor, according to CDOT officials.

“This will be a more extensive test since we’re investigating how traffic flows over a much longer stretch of highway and on a Sunday, when the volume of traffic tends to be significantly higher than on Saturday,” said CDOT Regional Transportation Director Tony DeVito. “We’re asking drivers who become part of the pacing operation to please use caution and cooperate with the officers who are conducting the operation.”

Sunday’s test will be followed by another similar test toward the end of the year, during winter driving conditions, according to CDOT. If data from the additional tests are favorable, Rolling Speed Harmonization could be implemented during heavier traffic periods during some winter weekends in 2012.

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