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Sep 21, 2011 8:04 PM by Matt Stafford

Pace cars will be out on I-70 again this weekend

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (AP) - Police cars will pace traffic on 27 miles of Interstate 70 in the mountains this weekend, the second test of a technique designed to even out fluctuations in traffic speed and reduce congestion and collisions.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says the next trial will be Sunday on eastbound I-70 between Silverthorne and Empire Junction, including the Eisenhower Tunnel at the Continental Divide.

Silverthorne Police and Colorado State Patrol vehicles will be pace cars, driving 45 to 55 mph in the center or left lane with their emergency lights on. They will start the trip every five to 10 minutes from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The first test was Aug. 13 on an 8-mile section of I-70 from Silverthorne to the Eisenhower Tunnel. Authorities said the test showed promise.

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