Monte Whaley
The Denver Post

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August 16, 2013
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Tourism thrives during Twin Tunnels blasting with promise of less congestion ahead

IDAHO SPRINGS — Low water — not the reconstruction of the Twin Tunnels in this town's backyard — is responsible for the slowing stream of customers at Clear Creek Rafting Co.

In fact, business is better this year than last in spite of the round-the-clock work at the tunnels that included blasting to clear rock from the eastbound bore, said Clear Creek Rafting Co. manager Dale Drake.

"We had a good season," he said. "We've got no complaints."

Residents worried that tourism would be dampened by the $106 million project that adds one eastbound lane to Interstate 70 between East Idaho Springs and U.S. 6 and expands the eastbound bore of the Twin Tunnels.

Colorado Department of Transportation contractors in late July wrapped up blasting that began in April. The entire Twin Tunnels project is expected to be complete by about this time next year.

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