Trio of programs helps keep I-70 open |

Trio of programs helps keep I-70 open

Monte Whaley
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado – Blizzards, rock slides and even grass fires will conspire to keep Colorado drivers traveling on the Interstate 70 West corridor from hearth, home and local businesses over the next few months.

But the Colorado Department of Transportation this week is rolling out three fairly reliable weapons to keep the enemies of comfort and joy at bay.

“It’s all about us trying a combination of things to improve the traffic situation on I-70,” said CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman.

The three efforts cost the state about $1.2 million annually. Still, they easily recoup that amount by helping clear the highway of congestion during the heaviest travel periods of the season.

“All the time that someone spends in their car hurts a local business,” Stegman said. “And there are safety concerns of a congested highway as well.”

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