$140 Million in Upgrades Coming to I-70’s Vail Pass, CO

Taylor Stephan | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Interstate 70
Vail Pass Elevation 10,662 ft. Photo Credit: Pass Bagger

Notoriously infamous for its challenging driving conditions, Interstate 70 in Colorado is getting some much needed and welcomed improvements in the near future. Vail Daily reports that CDOT (The Colorado Department of Transportation) will receive an Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant in the amount of $60.7 million as part of a $140 million dollar project. The project came about thanks to the collaboration of Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, as well as Rep. Joe Neguse.

The project will be taking place specifically on Vail Pass, between milepost 180 and 190, in Eagle County. Per Vail Daily, “the funding will be used to build an eastbound auxiliary lane, reconstruct the eastbound bridge over Polk Creek, widen shoulder widening, westbound curve modifications, reconstruction of a truck ramp, dynamic message signs, a variable speed limit system, and automated anti-icing technologies. The project is expected to take several years, as funding is available.”

Vail Pass
Milepost 180 – 190 Vail Pass. Photo Credit: CDOT

“Safer roads will protect drivers, people travelling through I-70 and help boost Colorado’s important tourism and outdoor recreation economies and jobs”

– Governor, Jared Polis

From personal experience, I think it’s safe to say that any improvement on I-70 is greatly welcomed by all. Vail Pass can be extremely tricky no matter the conditions, so I’ll be anxiously awaiting this upgrade and keeping an eye on it from start to finish.

Interstate 70
Maneuvering Vail Pass in the Winter. Photo Credit: Denver Post

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