Projects

Eastbound I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lane

Missed the I-70 Mountain Corridor Telephone Town Hall?

Click here to listen to a recording of the October 15th meeting.

Overview

The project, part of CDOT’s comprehensive plan to improve travel in the I-70 Mountain Corridor, will upgrade 13-miles of Eastbound I-70 within CDOT’s existing right of way. The upgrades will create a wide shoulder that – only during peak travel periods – will operate as a third travel lane. The express lane will be dynamically priced to keep traffic moving. Prices will lower when CDOT wants to encourage drivers to use the lane and rise as the lane reaches capacity. Utilizing the shoulder to create an express lane within the existing I-70 right-of-way during peak periods instead of adding a full lane has several benefits:

Project Benefits

  • Dynamic toll pricing keeps traffic moving: prices lower to encourage drivers to use the lane and rise as the lane reaches capacity
  • Reduces travel time by nearly half from the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels to the top of Floyd Hill, resulting in an average 30-minute time savings
  • Provides drivers with the choice of a new more reliable travel lane
  • Avoids overbuilding I-70, by using the shoulder as a third lane, during peak hours
  • Enhances recent Twin Tunnels (Veterans Memorial Tunnels) improvements
  • Allows for faster speeds in all lanes, thus decreasing overall traffic time

Current construction activity:

Winter 2014- Shoulder hardening will continue to gradually move east from Empire Junction towards Idaho Springs. SH 103 bridge construction began in mid-October and is expected to be completed by February 2015.

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How will the PPSL Work?

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Today

Fall 2015: PPSL Closed

Fall 2015: PPSL Open

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Stay Informed?

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Click here to view the weekly lane closure report

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Bilingual Project hotline: 303-223-6581

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Have a question? Click here to contact the project team

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Project Contact

For more information, please contact:

Neil Ogden
CDOT Project Manager
720-497-6928
neil.ogden@state.co.us

Emily Wilfong
CDOT Communications Manager
303 757-9484
Emily.Wilfong@state.co.us

Planning a Trip?

Slower speeds in construction zones may temporarily delay travel times.  We want to make sure you have access to events, trails and towns that make Colorado great. Use the resources below to help you prepare:

  • Sign up for free email and text alerts with CDOT’s GovDelivery service
  • Call the project hotline (303-223-6581) to listen to the most recent lane closure report
  • Visit www.cotrip.org.
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