A deal has been finalized to help alleviate traffic congestion on I-70.
From today's Rocky,
This seems like a very positive deal at first blush. It protects the historic towns along I-70, it involves local communities in the process and most importantly it forces CDOT to pursue a mass transit solution.
The agreement includes widening selected portions of I-70 to six lanes but not through the sensitive areas of Idaho Springs and Georgetown. Any consideration of six-laning through those narrow towns would be put off until a transit system is first in place, or by 2025 at the latest.
It locks in CDOT support for pursuing a mass transit system between Denver and Vail. Any future widening through Idaho Springs or Georgetown would only be considered if mass transit doesn't alleviate the need.