Eastbound I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lane
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 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 lower when CDOT wants to encourage drivers to use the lane and rise as the lane reaches capacity. Click here for more information on how express lanes operate.
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:
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Current construction activity:
The evening of Sunday, July 12, crews are scheduled to start asphalt milling operations at night across the entire length of the eastbound I-70 corridor. This work will require single lane closures during the overnight hours between mile markers 230 and 243. Crews will start on the west end of the project (near the Empire Junction) and work their way east.
It will take most of the summer to complete the entire length of the project, with crews scheduled to work Sunday through Thursday nights. This work is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday nights and 5 p.m. on the other nights. Crews are scheduled to be off the road by 7 a.m. the following morning, but there could be times when paving work must continue a little while longer to ensure the roadway is safe to open for travelers.
How will the I-70 Mountain Express Lane Work?
- 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: