Fourth of July busy, but not a record |

Fourth of July busy, but not a record

ASHLEY DICKSONsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado
Summit Daily/Eric Drummond

Some 166,900 vehicles passed through the Eisenhower Tunnel during the holiday weekend, and highway authorities were forced to close the tunnel for a short time Sunday afternoon to alleviate some eastbound gridlock, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.The number of vehicles through the tunnel increased by 22,334 compared with last year, when the holiday fell on a Wednesday and fewer people opted to travel midweek. The numbers were pretty good considering the high price of gas, said CDOT public-information officer Bob Wilson. Local law-enforcement agencies indicated that it was a relatively calm Fourth of July weekend. Overall, everything went really smoothly, Summit County Undersheriff Derek Woodman said. Other than some increased traffic, it seemed pretty run of the mill.Scattered weekend thunderstorms were also credited at keeping holiday shenanigans at bay, and Red, White & Blue Fire Captain Kim Scott said no illegal fireworks were confiscated. It was pretty quiet on a fire front, Scott said. Luckily, the rain prevented us from enacting any bans for the holiday. Increased traffic patrols over the weekend led to seven arrests for driving under the influence. Police also responded to five domestic violence calls, one trespassing report, and one abuse report. We dealt with what we were expecting, Dillon Police Chief Joe Wray said. A few minor disorderly type incidents and heavy traffic. Pretty status quo for Fourth of July.

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