Front Range residents frustrated with the Interstate 70 crawl to mountains (letter)
June 19, 2015
We live in Denver and in Frisco; therefore, we often travel I-70 both directions. We take advantage of the information available to us relating to delays on the Interstate — email notifications from CDOT and checking the streaming cameras. During ski season and during the Twin Tunnels blasting and construction, this worked very well. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.
On June 9 (a Tuesday and not the busy season yet!), we left Frisco for Denver and it took 90 minutes longer. There are at least five different projects on I-70 and there seems to be no coordination between the project managers. You are instructed to "merge left, right lane closed," then it's "merge right, left lane closed," then we had striping, paving, scaling, Idaho Springs bridge… Many choke points for traffic and we were at a dead stop quite often.
I-70 is the major route for both residents and tourists and it is shameful that CDOT cannot keep traffic moving in either direction. There are the same backups Westbound, as we experienced on June 15. Do you remember the fanfare announcing that the Twin Tunnels project was completed? Well, that is not true — there are never three lanes available and there is still a major backup there as work continues. At least last year there was a viable detour around that project and it usually moved 30 mph.
I do wonder how many people from the Front Range will experience the delays once or twice and then decide not to make the journey. This is something that Summit County businesses should be concerned about. How many residents in Summit County will miss a flight before they decide to complain? I ask everyone to let CDOT know when you are delayed beyond reason on I-70 — you can email your complaint to email@example.com. Also when you are stopped in your car on I-70, you can make a call about your delay; that number is 303-757-9011. Perhaps if enough of us make our voices heard, there will be some effort made to coordinate and keep traffic moving! I'm not asking for 65 mph, just moving would be great!
Denver and Frisco resident
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