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Re: I-70 Twin Tunnels Construction

Postby GregMiller » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:31 pm

gdthomas wrote:For those of you who travel I-70. The animations are informative.


That they are, certainly explains what they've been working on over on the other side of Clear Creek there. Thanks!
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Re: I-70 Twin Tunnels Construction

Postby winmag4582001 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:23 pm

So instead of two people running 30mph side by side on wet pavement, we'll have three. That'll be an improvement.
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Re: I-70 Twin Tunnels Construction

Postby RoanMtnMan » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:35 pm

I have never been able to pin point why traffic always slows down at that spot. My theory is an undiagnosed tunnel fear epidemic. So I am not sure all this work is going improve things. It seems like it would be a lot easier to just blow up that whole hillside or permanently build around it, and get rid of the tunnels all together. Then you eliminate tunnel fear.
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Re: I-70 Twin Tunnels Construction

Postby Carl » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:47 pm

RoanMtnMan wrote:I have never been able to pin point why traffic always slows down at that spot. My theory is an undiagnosed tunnel fear epidemic.


Maybe folks are slowing down so they can focus on honking at last 3 times as they pass through the tunnel.

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Re: I-70 Twin Tunnels Construction

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:52 pm

Carl wrote:
RoanMtnMan wrote:I have never been able to pin point why traffic always slows down at that spot. My theory is an undiagnosed tunnel fear epidemic.


Maybe folks are slowing down so they can focus on honking at last 3 times as they pass through the tunnel.

I always thought it was one loooong honk through the tunnel? :?
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Re: I-70 Twin Tunnels Construction

Postby dubsho3000 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:04 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:
Carl wrote:
RoanMtnMan wrote:I have never been able to pin point why traffic always slows down at that spot. My theory is an undiagnosed tunnel fear epidemic.


Maybe folks are slowing down so they can focus on honking at last 3 times as they pass through the tunnel.

I always thought it was one loooong honk through the tunnel? :?


I just always hold my breath - at Eisenhower too. Is that safe???

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Re: I-70 Twin Tunnels Construction

Postby PaliKona » Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:57 pm

That detour next summer is going to be a freaking mess during busy times...two lanes, lots of sharp curves = s**t show

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Re: I-70 Twin Tunnels Construction

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:19 pm

A year or two ago, they had a variable message sign that said "Slow Down" just before the eastbound tunnel entrance. Even when traffic was going 5 mph. :wft:
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Re: I-70 Twin Tunnels Construction

Postby TallGrass » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:33 pm

Nice and clean on the east side and then, joy, going downhill on interstate in the snow... on a motorcycle. ... oops, wrong tunnels (sic Davies). Never had any issues traffic or otherwise with any others on I-70.
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Re: I-70 Twin Tunnels Construction

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:51 pm

TallGrass wrote:Nice and clean on the east side and then, joy, going downhill on interstate in the snow... on a motorcycle.

This project isn't at the Eisenhower Tunnel, but the two parallel tunnels just east of Idaho Springs and west of Floyd Hill.
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Re: I-70 Twin Tunnels Construction

Postby Mark A Steiner » Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:56 pm

RoanMtnMan wrote:I have never been able to pin point why traffic always slows down at that spot. My theory is an undiagnosed tunnel fear epidemic. So I am not sure all this work is going improve things. It seems like it would be a lot easier to just blow up that whole hillside or permanently build around it, and get rid of the tunnels all together. Then you eliminate tunnel fear.

Darn. Then CDOT will have to face eventual rockfall mitigation.
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