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Hits & Misses: A plausible plan for I-70

Vail Daily Editorial BoardVail CO, Colorado

Hit: To the death of a proposed toll for vehicles passing through the Eisenhower Tunnel. We know the states strapped for transportation money, but putting tolls on already-built highways is a slippery slope. There must be a better way.Miss: To how fast the state is drying out, and how quickly the wildfire danger is rising. After all the snow we had, youd think thered be moisture to spare. Please, folks, be careful with fire.Hit: To Eagle Countys solar rebate program. Finally, heres something everyday residents can use to make individual contributions to our alternative energy future. The countys calculations indicate that after rebates from Holy Cross Energy, the federal government and now the county, a system on an average home would cost about $6,000. Thats a pretty reasonable sum, and one that would be fairly quickly made up with savings on utility bills. Making splashy purchases for county facilities makes headlines. Helping the countys families makes good sense.Hit: To Minturn residents who are trying to help shape their towns future. Theres a group campaigning for the annexation of the Ginn property andtheres a group trying to rally opposition to the project. This isnt a comment on which side is in the right; were just happy to see this level of civic involvement.Hit: To the Colorado Department of Transportation and a consortium of other players who hammered out an agreement Thursday to address traffic on I-70. The agreement, ahem, paves the way for six-laning of I-70 in Summit County and from Floyd Hill through the twin tunnels but not through Georgetown and Idaho Springs. It also includes reconstructing the U.S. 24 interchange at Down Junction and adding truck chain-ups on Vail Pass. Its not a done deal yet, but many of the improvements could be in place in the next decade.

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