New I-70 Mountain Express Lane opening delayed due to snow

December 12, 2015 - Central/Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - DENVER -- The High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) today announced that the opening of the eastbound I-70 Mountain Express Lane, scheduled for today, has been postponed due to snow.

CDOT and HPTE plan to open the lane tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 13, weather permitting.

The lane, which runs on eastbound I-70 for 13 miles from Empire to Idaho Springs, will be open 73 days a year on weekends and holidays. Inclement weather can impact the opening of the lanes to try to ensure safe travel on the corridor. Tomorrow, the lane will open for a testing period first so travelers can try the lanes for free and learn how to use them. Toll collection will be waived during the testing period, but travelers in the lane can expect to see signage active during the testing period showing different toll rates.


About Express Lanes: Express Lanes increase roadway capacity and help to manage congestion on the highways. The use of toll pricing during peak travel times reduces delays, manages congestion and maintains reliable travel times. Express Lanes currently span seven miles on I-25, between downtown Denver and US 36, and on 11 miles of US 36 between Denver and Louisville/Superior. For more information, visit

About the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE): The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. It searches out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express Lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling. For more information, visit

For more information on the I-70 Mountain Corridor Express Lane, go to: