Lawmakers want moveable I-70 lanes to ease traffic

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DENVER (AP) – Two Colorado state senators are pushing a temporary solution to weekend traffic backups on Interstate 70.

Sens. Chris Romer of Denver and Dan Gibbs of Silverthorne, both Democrats, want to use moveable barriers to temporarily add an eastbound lane on weekend afternoons when the highway is jammed with people returning to the Front Range from the mountains.

They plan to introduce the bill Monday.

The Colorado Department of Transportation Department says it’s been considering the idea for a year and is currently studying whether it’s safe. Department spokeswoman Stacy Stegman says the legislation isn’t necessary.

The department is looking at buying the barriers. The proposed legislation would allow the state to lease them from a private company.

2 Responses to Lawmakers want moveable I-70 lanes to ease traffic

  1. Instead of coming up with ways to accommodate more cars, how about some ideas on how to decrease the number of vehicles? How about alternative means of transportation, like busses to the ski resorts, carpool incentives and dare I say a “high-speed” train.

    Dave Kolb
    March 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm

  2. Talk to the Golden Gate Bridge authority. They’ve been working on this for as long as I can remember.

    Christopher Colvin
    March 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm