IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– Snow that started falling on Friday night delayed Saturday’s opening of the I-70 Mountain Express Lane. The express lane may open on Sunday, one day later than planned.
Snow covered up the express lane boundary line on Saturday morning. Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation said the opening was on hold. At 11:25 a.m. CDOT said the lane may open on Sunday.READ MORE: Meeting Gets Heated In Douglas County, Some Parents Say Recommendation For Masking In Schools Is Too Much
The I-70 Mountain Express toll lane from Empire through Idaho Springs eastbound was scheduled to open for the first time Saturday morning.READ MORE: Andrew Reineke Named Sole Suspect In Homicide, Shots Fired At Commerce City Officers
CDOT had planned this weekend as a testing period for the express lane so drivers can use it initially free of charge. Thereafter, drivers will pay a variable fee for each trip.
The I-70 Express Lane operates for 13 miles between the twin Veterans Memorial Tunnels near Idaho Springs and the Empire exit. The lane allows eastbound traffic to use a newly built “shoulder lane” during peak travel periods.MORE NEWS: Englewood Drinking Water Tests Positive For E. coli, Boil Order In Place
The toll on the 13-mile stretch will vary based on how many cars are slowing down traffic, starting at $3 and increasing all the way to $30.