Metering to reduce I-70 mountain traffic

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

If you've traveled to the front range during peak travel times, you know how annoying the mountain traffic can be.

Transportation planners are hoping to change that.

According to the Denver Post, a new method to ease traffic congestion at the Eisenhower Tunnel will look familiar to mountain drivers trying to crawl onto Interstate 25 during rush hour.

Planners want to use continuous flow metering at the tunnel, which will allow vehicles to keep moving through it gradually when there is a traffic slowdown.

Traffic signals will be installed above eastbound I-70 on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel and cycle every 4 to 8 seconds so that vehicles will only have to stop briefly before being allowed to enter the tunnel.

A first test of continuous flow metering will be conducted Dec. 8. If all goes well, the Colorado Department of Transportation wants to start it full-time for the holidays.

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