Tunnel construction on I-70 slows fall color-watching traffic
IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. — Travelers beware: if you plan some leaf-watching in the days ahead, allow extra time for the trip back if you drive I-70.
Construction work east of Idaho Springs is causing some significant traffic delays. As part of the Twin Tunnels project, crews are now busy adding a third eastbound lane.
“What the traveling public is seeing now is significant work that we’re doing to pave this additional third lane,” said Amy Ford, CDOT spokesperson. “And what people are also experiencing are some of the travel delays associated with the lane closures that are required to let our crews get in and do that work.”
Eastbound traffic backups have extended for six miles or more in some cases. Cars are being routed around the tunnels while the paving is being done.
“So we ask for people’s patience as we get through this… trying to time all of that work at a time that’s less impactful to the traveling public,” said Ford.
The third lane is expected to open by the end of the year. The entire project, which is aimed at reducing congestion in the problem-plagued area, should be complete by the middle of 2014.