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I-70 Mountain Corridor Travel Increased in 2013

January 8, 2014 - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Holiday Traffic Exceeds 2012 Numbers, Overall 2013 Numbers Increase Along Corridor.

Travel along the I-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 through the tunnel in 2013 were 10,894,970, compared to 10,731,613 overall motorists in 2012.

The widening of the eastbound lanes at Twin Tunnels 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 1,037,710 motorists, that same month in 2012, 1,010,551 vehicles traveled through. In July and August 2013, combined numbers were 2,232,390, 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, January 4. Below shows the numbers leading up to and following the New Year’s holiday.

Date

Westbound

Eastbound

Total

12/29/31

17,534

19,259

36,793

12/30/13

20,560

20,291

40,851

12/31/13

18,602

15,512

34,114

1/1/14

16,710

20,896

37,606

1/2/14

19,565

22,705

42,270

1/3/14

24,742

23,509

48,251

1/4/14

15,143

17,231

32,374

Total

132,856

139,493

272,349

 

As we head into 2014, CDOT would like to remind travelers that the winter weather season has just begun. If traveling the I-70 corridor in winter weather conditions, use caution and be mindful of snow plows as they work hard to clear the roadways of snow and ice.

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