Colorado lawmakers consider ‘zipper’ lane for I-70
DENVER – Some Colorado lawmakers are trying to push a temporary solution to weekend traffic backups on Interstate 70.
Sens. Chris Romer of Denver and Dan Gibbs of Silverthorne, both Democrats, want to use moveable barriers to temporarily add an eastbound lane on weekends when people head back to the Front Range from the mountains.
The so-called “zipper lane” proposal is up for its first hearing at the Capitol on Thursday in the Senate Transportation Committee.
The state transportation department has been considering the idea. Romer says passing a bill could help the state win federal permission for the plan, which could allow it to be in place by soon as next ski season.