Travel along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor saw an overall increase in 2013 with November and December counts through the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel up by more than 73,550 vehicles, the Colorado Department of Transportation announced this week.
More than 10,894,970 total vehicles traveled through the tunnel in 2013, up from 10,731,613 in 2012, which is a difference of 163,357 motorists.
Peak travel months through the Eisenhower Tunnel in 2012 and 2013 were March, July and August, a CDOT release stated. March 2013 saw 1,037,710 motorists, up from 1,010,551 in March 2012. Combined numbers for July and August 2013 were 2,232,390, a 40,916 increase compared to 2012.
The New Year’s holiday always brings heavy traffic counts to the I-70 mountain corridor and this year was no different, the release stated. With two major holidays falling on two consecutive Wednesdays, high traffic numbers persisted for a two-week span leading up to Christmas and lasting through Sunday, January 4. During that time period 272,349 vehicles traveled through the tunnel.
Although the holidays resulted in higher than usual congestion between the High Country and Denver, the widening of the eastbound lanes at the Twin Tunnels has brought about congestion relief in the area, the release stated. More plans are in the works to continue to address traffic problems in the mountain corridor, including the Peak Period Shoulder Lanes project, aimed at shortening travel times in both directions on I-70.
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