Briefs: Vail Pass widening study postponed |

Briefs: Vail Pass widening study postponed

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” A study of whether to add a lane to Interstate 70 on the west side of Vail Pass has been delayed.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is considering adding a “climbing lane” for slow-moving trucks so faster traffic isn’t backed up.

This study will be delayed while a larger study of how to reduce congestion between Denver and Glenwood Springs is finalized.

When that study ” known as the PEIS, or programmatic environmental impact study ” is finished, the Vail Pass analysis will continue, said Peter Kozinski, who is managing the Vail Pass project.

“While improving safety for drivers and improving water quality are the primary objectives of our study of West Vail Pass, we want to make certain that our targeted efforts are consistent with the decisions that will be made in the I-70 PEIS,” Kozinski said.

The Vail Pass study will also examine ways to keep the sand used to keep the road from freezing out of Black Gore Creek, which runs along I-70.

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VAIL ” Work to remove pine-beetle infested trees in and around Vail is among statewide projects that will share $1 million in funding from the Colorado State Forest Service.

The purpose of the ” West Vail and Lower Gore Creek Fuel Reduction Project” is to remove dead and dying trees in the hopes of reducing the severity of any wildfires that break in the forest.

Two similar projects in Summit County also received funds.

“I’m confident that the projects selected for funding will have a positive impact on our state’s forests and watersheds,” said Paul Orbuch, assistant director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

I-70 CORRIDOR ” The coalition of mountain towns working on traffic on Interstate 70 has upgraded its Web site,

The I-70 Mountain Corridor Coalition’s Web site now has an “I-70 Action Alert” function aimed at getting motorists and residents involved in the plan for reducing congestion on the freeway. The site also has tips on avoiding traffic jams.

The site has a link to the Colorado Department of Transportation’s live Web cams where users can preview traffic along the corridor 24 hours per day.

“The Web site is a portal for information that will impact users of the I-70 mountain corridor from Denver International Airport to Grand Junction and adjacent mountain and Front Range communities,” coalition director Flo Raitano said.

For more information on the I-70 Coalition, call Raitano at (970)393-2394 or go to

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