Sep 16, 2011 12:52 PM by Gene Cotton

Transportation officials want to ease I-70 backups

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Department of Transportation is considering a plan to widen Interstate 70 to ease mountain congestion.

The department is holding a meeting Sept. 27 in Idaho Springs on a plan to widen the highway to three eastbound lanes between Idaho Springs and the base of Floyd Hill east of the Twin Tunnels and to enlarge the eastbound bore of the tunnels.

If the project receives federal approval, construction would begin in the spring of 2013, and will be open to traffic by the end of that year.

During the construction period, eastbound interstate traffic would be rerouted around the tunnels.



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