Tunnel to be repaved in 2006
State highway officials said they will work on repaving the Eisenhower Tunnel in 2006. The Colorado Department of Transportation’s cost to repave the four lanes inside the two tunnels is estimated at $3.5 million.
The Colorado Department of Transportation, meanwhile, is still studying how it will cut weekend congestion on I-70. Although the agency eliminated the monorail from the list of congestion solutions, some say it’s too early to cut that possibility out.
Summit County Commissioners Gary Lindstrom, Bill Wallace and Tom Long Monday signed an intergovernmental agreement to form an I-70 task force with other nearby resort towns. The commissioners want to form a team with Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Frisco and Dillon. The task force would be a stronger bargaining tool to use in negotiations with CDOT for road funding, Lindstrom said.
U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, a Democrat from Boulder who represents Eagle and Summit counties, recommended the towns and counties along I-70 between Idaho Springs and Vail join forces.
Another other repaving project planned by the state in the area will take place on several miles of Highway 9, south of Breckenridge toward the town of Blue River. State highway planners are thinking about installing a toll system on Highway 9 between Breckenridge and Frisco.