I-70 Nightmare: Gridlock leads to metering, metering leads to more gridlock

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

9NEWS aired a story on Sunday about the Colorado Department of Transportation's practice of "metering" traffic when it backs up into the Eisenhower Tunnel. CDOT says it's a safety issue: They stop traffic for 20 minutes to clear the tunnel so emergency vehicles can access it in the event of an accident. Of course, this can lead to an excruciating wait on the west side of the tunnel during Sunday snowsports rush hour.

Sure, those prone to road rage best not drive during prime time on I-70 period. But 9NEWS also interviewed several seemingly mild-mannered individuals who found metering distasteful, because there's no warning that the practice is taking place at the tunnel until you're most likely completely submerged in a thick car marmalade.

I don't see many alternatives, considering the strapped state and municipal budgets in these recessionary times -- and especially considering that I-70 has plenty of capacity the vast majority of the year.

Maybe there are too many weekend skiers. Maybe there are too few people tweeting on GoI70.com. Maybe we need a monorail to Vail. Anybody got two or three cents to throw into the comments?

Here's the 9NEWS story for your viewing pleasure:

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.