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CDOT congratulates itself on dubious achievements

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I'm sure a 46% drop in weather-related incidents had nothing to do with the fact that Breckenridge, for example, reported 30" of snow falling on weekends during Jan-Mar 2015 compared to almost 70" during Jan-Mar 2014. http://www.onthesnow.com/colorado/breckenridge/historical-snowfall.html?&y=2015

 

I-70 plan yields travel improvements, CDOT says

 
I-70 traffic
Traffic travels eastbound on I-70 just before the twin tunnels just east of Idaho Springs. (Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file)

A three-fold strategy for improving traffic along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor this winter paid off in fewer injuries, deaths and shorter delays, say Colorado Department of Transportation officials.

From Frisco to C-470, there was a 35 percent drop in injury and fatal crashes and a 46 percent dip in weather-related crashes, according to CDOT data.

Unplanned closures were also reduced by 16 percent while the number of hours of delay longer than 75 minutes on eastbound I-70 was cut by 26 percent.

"We were pleased that the strategies we have and continue to implement are making a difference in the I-70 experience for all travelers," said Ryan Rice, CDOT's director of transportation systems management and operation.

CDOT said the improvements were generated by focusing on three areas on the mountain corridor — infrastructure, operations and public education.

The agency completed the east and westbound Twin Tunnels widening, the first improvements along that portion of I-70 in 40 years.

The agency also invested $8 million toward adding plow drivers, using snowplow escorts on the Eisenhower Tunnel approach and metering traffic coming onto I-70 at key locations.

CDOT launched its "Change Your Peak Drive" campaign, as well. This involved educating the public on the importance of having good tires, driving safely around plows, traveling during off-peak times and carpooling. CDOT also started a Mountain Travel Radio station to inform motorists about conditions along I-70.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28402019/i-70-plan-yields-travel-improvements-cdot-says

post #2 of 16
Yep-less weather led to less weather related incidents. Imagine that! lol
post #3 of 16

So that's who cancelled your snow!;) It was all part of the plan.

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Ontario contracted its winter plowing out 2 years ago to a new contractor.  Who promptly did the worst job imaginable..coupled with 2 bad winters in a row.  This week they announced they're throwing $5 million towards improving the snow clearing.  Wow..$5million..1.1 million square kilometres..  :words:

post #5 of 16

yep, all in the number spin. Politics everywhere and the need to show one did something ..... but I do like the style. Take credit if one can ...

post #6 of 16
I was thinking that we were all safer because traffic moved at 5 mph all season, and they started metering the passes so traffic there didn't move at all.
post #7 of 16

Congratulations @segbrown you are now overqualified to work as a government employed analyst:(

post #8 of 16

I think the low snowfall had quite a bit to do with it. 

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"The agency completed the east and westbound Twin Tunnels widening, the first improvements along that portion of I-70 in 40 years"

 

Be nice if they would OPEN all 3 lanes each way.  Just sayin, I mean if they are calling it completed.

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Originally Posted by Mike78 View Post
 

"The agency completed the east and westbound Twin Tunnels widening, the first improvements along that portion of I-70 in 40 years"

 

Be nice if they would OPEN all 3 lanes each way.  Just sayin, I mean if they are calling it completed.


They're not opening the third westbound lane because there are only two lanes in and out of the tunnel. They did the second tunnel so it is ready if and when the third highway lane project gets going. It is much cheaper to widen the second tunnel now while all of the equipment and forms are in place than to remove them and bring them back. Another 40 years maybe? :nono: 

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Originally Posted by wolfelot View Post
 

I think the low snowfall had quite a bit to do with it. 

 

 

The good weather during much of the season certainly helped.   Aspen's airport cancelations were below 9%.

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They're not opening the third westbound lane because there are only two lanes in and out of the tunnel. They did the second tunnel so it is ready if and when the third highway lane project gets going. It is much cheaper to widen the second tunnel now while all of the equipment and forms are in place than to remove them and bring them back. Another 40 years maybe? :nono: 

 

Yep,  Not sure where you are but the Denver news has done a good job covering it.  I get the whole saving $5m.  It was the right thing to do.  What makes me chuckle is they include it in the success story because they say some drivers are no longer intimidated.  It is now wider and brighter and drivers no longer slow down when they get to the tunnel.  Ok but on many days traffic is already crawling because of the way Hwy 6 merges onto I70.  Especially on busy days when the frontage road is jammed.

 

Another 40?  At least.  I doubt it will be 3 lanes in my lifetime.

 

I will be curious to see how the added eastbound 3rd lane is implemented.  The latest 9News story didn't exactly match what CDOT had originally explained.

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I think the wider westbound tunnel probably does help some, since people would slow to a crawl to get through it in heavier traffic and then on the other side it was no traffic at all. The problem is that means traffic just flows better to the next point people can't handle, which is between Idaho Springs and Downieville.
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Yep,  Not sure where you are but the Denver news has done a good job covering it.  I get the whole saving $5m.  It was the right thing to do.  What makes me chuckle is they include it in the success story because they say some drivers are no longer intimidated.  It is now wider and brighter and drivers no longer slow down when they get to the tunnel.  Ok but on many days traffic is already crawling because of the way Hwy 6 merges onto I70.  Especially on busy days when the frontage road is jammed.

 

Another 40?  At least.  I doubt it will be 3 lanes in my lifetime.

 

I will be curious to see how the added eastbound 3rd lane is implemented.  The latest 9News story didn't exactly match what CDOT had originally explained.


I think the 3rd lane WB isn't supposed to happen till Fall, or maybe even next Spring. Meanwhile, the 240 (hwy 103/Mt Evans) bridge replacement, which was slated to be completed before Christmas 2014 is still having ramps built, and sidewalk added...

 

...so let's start work on the 241!

 

@Trekchick's clever phrases thread reminded me of one of my favorites, which I think perfectly describes my appreciation of CDOT's vision for addressing the I-70 mountain corridor traffic problem:

 

"I'd really like to share your perspective, but I'm not sure how to get my head that far up your ass".
 

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Yep-less weather led to less weather related incidents. Imagine that! lol

 

One of our Reps in the State House felt it necessary to require a study the benefits of snow tires and 'proper' equipment rather than permit a bill to be passed that required snow tires and 'proper' equipment.

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

The good weather during much of the season certainly helped.   Aspen's airport cancelations were below 9%.

Makes me feel sorry for the 9% of the 1% crowd that got delayed.

 

Enjoy the 4th of July.  Keep the fireworks safe!

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