Copper also would benefit from an Interstate 70 noise wall |

Copper also would benefit from an Interstate 70 noise wall

Recently I’ve been following the story about Interstate 70 improvements, including making I-70 three lanes each direction from Denver to Silverthorne, an additional bore for the Eisenhower Tunnel, etc.

Both options require a complete six-laning of the interstate from one end of Clear Creek County to the other: Floyd Hill to the Eisenhower Tunnel.

What is even more difficult is that the transit under most serious consideration is a bus guideway, which in physical terms puts an additional two lanes on the ground in Clear Creek.

The bus transit stops in Silverthorne. Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) engineers also propose a third bore at the Eisenhower Tunnel.

I applaud County Commissioner Gary Lindstrom’s opinion on these proposals by CDOT. I feel that CDOT didn’t solicit or receive enough public input in either Clear Creek or Summit County prior to floating (cramming down our throats) these ideas.

However, I must applaud CDOT for beginning construction of the noise barrier in Dillon Valley. I think if the state did a study of road noise at Copper Mountain, it would also find that noise levels exceed federal guidelines along eastbound I-70 at Copper Mountain.

Copper Mountain is a growing community, and the number of full-time residents is growing steadily. The noise issue can effect people’s well being in a highly negative manner. This should be a priority for the commissioners in their negotiations with CDOT. 

I am enjoying the fact I-70 is still closed by the Vail Pass sinkhole.

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