What is all the fuss about?
No one likes ending a perfect mountain getaway locked up in sea of cars. Unfortunately, it happens nearly every weekend in the summer and winter at the same time of day . . . and on the same stretch of roadway. If you drive eastbound on I-70 between US 40/Empire Junction and the Twin Tunnels during the peak period, traffic slows to a crawl often resulting in more than a two-and-a-half hour delay - to travel just 8 miles! My name is Tony DeVito and I am the Region 1 Director for the Colorado Department of Transportation. My staff is working on the Peak Period Shoulder project which will provide an interim solution to this Sunday afternoon gridlock.
Eastbound traffic slows to a crawl on I-70 between US 40/Empire Junction during the peak period, often resulting in more than a 2.5 hour delay – just to travel 8 miles!