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Eisenhower Tunnel sets record in July

Daily Staff Report

EISENHOWER TUNNEL ” More than one million vehicles traveled through the Eisenhower Tunnel in July, the busiest month in its 32-year history at the Continental Divide.

The 1,148,403 vehicles that traveled through the tunnels last month exceeded the previous July high of 1,103,597, set in 2004. July’s daily tunnel traffic averaged 37,045 vehicles.

A new top-10, 24-hour count also was set this weekend when 47,337 vehicles traveled through the tunnels on Sunday. It was the seventh highest in history. The busiest period was on Aug. 5, 2001, when 50,113 cars traveled through the tunnel.

“July and August are the real big ones for travel through the tunnels,” said Eisenhower Tunnel Superintendent Mike Salamon. “It’s the high tourist season. In addition, this July had five full weekends.”

As of July 31, 6,432,275 vehicles went through the tunnels, 149,137 more than had traveled through as of July 31, 2004.

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