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Vail Daily, Vail Colorado COOn the Vail Daily Web site, you can comment on each story or editorial you read there.Here, we publish excerpts of those comments: 70 congestionA no-action alternative that makes the best use of travel demand strategies to spread peak period demand throughout the week is the most effective solution. Current I-70 congestion serves to promote off peak travel, which is a good thing for both the peak travelers and the resorts. How much more peak capacity do we really need in this corridor? Aren’t the resorts already crowded enough on weekends? What is the true cost in economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of expanding capacity to allow more peak period trips two days a week? In the end, there will be more peak period trips and less off peak period trips and perhaps only a marginal increase in the total number of trips, if at all. Crowding at the resorts will then function as the trip governor, just as congestion does today and will drive people away from peak periods. The funds spent to widen the highway will be a complete waste, except for any safety improvements that might be incorporated. The only economic gain will be for the highway contractors and engineering firms that will be paid billions to widen the highway, while the rest of the corridor suffers during construction.hjd173 Highway 6It would be tremendously helpful if the speed limits along that stretch were lowered AND enforced (lowered means nothing). Driving slower makes it easier to avoid obstacles, and avoid killing a biker who has every right to be on the road.Syrah


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