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Polis Seeks Funds To Fight Eisenhower Tunnel Fires

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The west portal of the Eisenhower–Johnson Memorial Tunnel (credit: CBS)

The west portal of the Eisenhower–Johnson Memorial Tunnel (credit: CBS)

GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) – Rep. Jared Polis is voicing support for installing a fire suppression system in the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70.

The Colorado Democrat toured the tunnel Thursday. He and others in Colorado’s congressional delegation are working to secure funding for a water mist fire suppression system that the Colorado Department of Transportation estimates would cost $20 million to install in the tunnel.

A recent study by CDOT said a catastrophic fire could shut down the tunnel and might not be able to be contained if there isn’t a fire suppression system available.

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