CDOT Planning Additional Peak Period Shoulder Lane on Eastbound I-70 in Mountains

January 17, 2014 - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Launching online public meeting to gather public input.

DENVER – Colorado Department of Transportation plans additional lane on I-70 Colorado Department of Transportation announced plans to build a Peak Period Shoulder Lane to help alleviate weekend and holiday congestion on eastbound I-70 between US 40/Empire Junction and the Twin Tunnels in Idaho Springs.

CDOT has formed multiple teams of community representatives, special interest groups and local, state and federal agency representatives to provide input on the project, which is proposed to begin summer 2014 and to be completed by mid to late 2015.

“We are aware of the congestion issues our drivers are currently facing and we are committed to improving the safety of our roadways. The Peak Period Shoulder Lane provides an efficient, temporary solution to improve the flow of traffic without changing the nature of the corridor,” said Tony DeVito, Region 1 Director for CDOT.

A self-guided online meeting to educate the public on the project will be available to the public January 17 through February 14, 2014.

The online meeting includes videos and animations describing the current traffic conditions as well as how the Peak Period Shoulder Lane will ultimately benefit travelers. Commuters are encouraged to comment on environmental impacts and mitigation solutions for this proposed project, currently in the environmental analysis and design phase.

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For more information, or to receive hardcopy information about the project, contact CDOT Project Manager Andria Schmid at 720-497-6921.

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