DENVER (AP) – The Twin Tunnels on Interstate-70 near Idaho Springs could be getting a new name. A legislative committee voted Tuesday to rename them the “Veterans Memorial Tunnels.”

The Senate Transportation Committee voted 4-0 in favor of the proposal. A Democrat and a Republican co-sponsored the bill to rename the Clear Creek County tunnels to honor veterans.

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The tunnels aren’t as well known as the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel to the west on I-70. That tunnel goes beneath the Continental Divide and is named for former President Dwight Eisenhower and former Colorado Gov. Edwin Johnson.

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The Twin Tunnels were built in 1961, as part of a widening of U.S. Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 40 through Clear Creek Canyon.

LINK: Senate Joint Resolution 16

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