Eastbound I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lane


Part of CDOT's comprehensive plan to improve travel in the I-70 Mountain Corridor, this project will upgrade 13 miles of eastbound I-70 within CDOT's existing right-of-way. The upgrades will create the I-70 Mountain Express Lane—a wide shoulder that, only during peak travel periods, will operate as a third travel lane.

The I-70 Mountain Express Lane will be dynamically priced to keep traffic moving. Prices will fall when CDOT wants to encourage drivers to use the lane and increase as the lane reaches capacity. Learn more about how express lanes operate.

Using 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.

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Project Benefits

  • Dynamic toll pricing keeps traffic moving; prices fall 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 travel time

Current Construction Activity:

During the week of May 23 there will be a substantial amount of grading work done at Water Wheel Park which will require closing the right lanes of eastbound I-70 between mile points 238 and 241 to stage equipment and haul materials from the site.

The far right lane of eastbound I-70 will be closed around the clock along this stretch of I-70 beginning the morning of Monday, May 23, and continuing through Thursday, May 26. This work will also require closing the left general purpose lane (or middle lane) of eastbound I-70 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each of these days.

During the daytime, when both general-purpose lanes are closed, drivers will be directed to use the Express Lane.

There will be no lane closures Friday, May 27, through Tuesday, May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday.

Continuing into June, there will still be lane closures in various places while crews focus on finishing work, final restorations and addressing project punchlist items along the project corridor in both directions of I-70. With traffic volumes expected to start increasing in June, the project will keep two lanes of travel open during peak travel times. This includes during the early morning hours for westbound travel and after 1 p.m. for eastbound travel. No westbound lane closures will be permitted on Fridays in June.

Water Wheel Park is expected to reopen in early June, and it is hoped that all punchlist items can be addressed by the end of June.

How will the I-70 Mountain Express Lane Work?

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Fall 2015: Express Lane Closed

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Fall 2015: Express Lane Open

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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:

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