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10.9M Vehicles Used Eisenhower Tunnel In 2013

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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)

DENVER (AP/CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation says nearly 10.9 million vehicles traveled through the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70 in 2013, up from 10.7 million the year before.

CDOT said Wednesday the peak traffic month was July, when more than 1.1 million vehicles used the tunnel, an average of about 36,500 a day.

“The widening of the eastbound lanes at Twin Tunnels has brought about congestion relief in the area, with the upcoming Peak Period Shoulder Lanes project and others being proposed along the corridor, motorists will see additional relief and shortened travel times in both directions on I-70,” CDOT said in a statement.

Below shows the numbers leading up to and following the New Year’s holiday.

Date Westbound Eastbound Total
12/29/31 17,534 19,259 36,793
12/30/13 20,560 20,291 40,851
12/31/13 18,602 15,512 34,114
1/1/14 16,710 20,896 37,606
1/2/14 19,565 22,705 42,270
1/3/14 24,742 23,509 48,251
1/4/14 15,143 17,231 32,374
Total 132,856 139,493 272,349

The twin-bore tunnel is about 60 miles west of Denver and crosses under the Continental Divide at 11,155 feet above sea level.

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