SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado - Fewer vehicles went through the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels on I-70 in 2010 than in 2009, the second time traffic has declined in the last three years.----
The 2010 count was 11,391,704 vehicles, fewer than in 2009 by 343,658 vehicles, representing a 2.9 percent drop in traffic. In 2008, traffic also was down from 2007 by nearly 225,000 vehicles.
"Our best explanation for the lower traffic numbers is carpooling," said Tunnel Superintendent Mike Salamon. "The park-and-ride lots, like those at the Hogback (I-70/Morrison Road), are very full on weekends. It's not scientific by any means, just an observation. If it's true, it's a win-win for the environment and better for traffic congestion. And, from what we're hearing, business appears to be up in Summit County and some of the ski towns as well. We hope that is the case and it continues."