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Eisenhower Tunnel question

post #1 of 18
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I just got back from a 3.5 hour journey from Vail to Denver. The ride was fine, including along a very snowy Vail Pass, until Frisco, where there was 5 mph hour traffic all the way to the tunnel. It took two hours from Frisco to the tunnel. The conditions all along that 8 mile stretch from Sliverthorne to the tunnel were horrendous, but doable at 10-20 mph. The problem was that on numerous occasions, traffic would come to a complete standstill for 10-15 mins straight. Then it would move for awhile at 10-20mph, then stop completely again. Does anyone know why this was going on? There were no accidents, and they were not plowing. I did notice a green - red light at the top of the hill by the entrance to the tunnel, what is that for?
I'm def. glad to be home safe though - sitting in stopped traffic in a blizzard is kinda unnerving!
post #2 of 18
I have no idea, but I must have been sitting in the car right next to yours! It was incredibly frustrating, wasn't it?
post #3 of 18
It does that almost every Sunday. Sometimes you can blame it on a wreck, but sometimes it is just traffic. If it is not snowing too hard, you are better off going over Loveland Pass if the traffic is creeping along at Silverthorn.
post #4 of 18
I think the pass got closed a few hours ago.
post #5 of 18
I think its because Loveland Pass was closed. When that happens, they have to shut off all traffic from the tunnel to let the haz-mat trucks through. It sucks.

I got stuck Saturday morning at 7:30 while they closed the tunnel to do avy work... damn I wish I still had that condo in Dillon.
post #6 of 18
Do they ever institute 'Reverse Lane' in the winter? Seems like Sunday afternoon would be the perfect time.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Harry Dunn
I think its because Loveland Pass was closed. When that happens, they have to shut off all traffic from the tunnel to let the haz-mat trucks through. It sucks.

I got stuck Saturday morning at 7:30 while they closed the tunnel to do avy work... damn I wish I still had that condo in Dillon.
so no traffic can go through when the hazmat trucks are going through?? that ******* blows!!!!!
post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Harry Dunn
I think its because Loveland Pass was closed. When that happens, they have to shut off all traffic from the tunnel to let the haz-mat trucks through. It sucks.
Yes, it does. Don't they usually let the trucks through at the top and bottom of the hour? We usually try to find out if the tunnel's closed before heading up that stretch, and then we stop at the Dam Brewery for a while to let some of the traffic clear out before heading on. Otherwise there's nooooo waaaaaay oooouuuuuttttttt.....
post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by DefJef
so no traffic can go through when the hazmat trucks are going through?? that ******* blows!!!!!
Exactly... and it's because they might blow. Would you want to be behind a tanker that blows up in the middle of a mile-long tunnel?! :
post #10 of 18
They cycle the tunnel like that due to "CO" Carbon Monaxide build-up in the tunnel. It take them 15-20 min to vent the tunnel, then when the cars go through in such mass, it builds up agian and they shut it down again to vent. I came through last night at about 8pm it was great.
post #11 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tictoc
They cycle the tunnel like that due to "CO" Carbon Monaxide build-up in the tunnel. It take them 15-20 min to vent the tunnel, then when the cars go through in such mass, it builds up agian and they shut it down again to vent. I came through last night at about 8pm it was great.
So at 8pm it was smooth sailing? How were the conditions, b/c at 6pm it was almost a whiteout at the top...
post #12 of 18
Talking to a few people that lived in fairplay, the pass south of breck was rather clear and 285 was moving. That'd be my alternative (though a little sketchy for those not comfortable with it), but then my drive through the tunnel is always against traffic.
post #13 of 18
I was 1/4 mile from the top at 1:45pm - I could see the tunnel, but all traffic just stopped and then the usual chaos ensued. It took me an hour to get that last 1/4 mile. Of course, it started snowing right about then to make matters even more treacherous.

There ought to be a $1500 fine for changing lanes up there. The whole mountain 'pass' should be considered one long train ride up and down. I can't believe some of what I saw.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by janesdad
I was 1/4 mile from the top at 1:45pm - I could see the tunnel, but all traffic just stopped and then the usual chaos ensued. It took me an hour to get that last 1/4 mile. Of course, it started snowing right about then to make matters even more treacherous.

There ought to be a $1500 fine for changing lanes up there. The whole mountain 'pass' should be considered one long train ride up and down. I can't believe some of what I saw.
Exactly! There should be absolutely no lane changing. I can deal with the 10-20 MPH creeping in the treacherous conditions, but the total stoppage sucks. Are there that many HAZMAT trucks coming through the tunnel on Sunday evenings? Can't they send them south somewhere else when the weather sucks?

CO needs to do something about this situation, b/c it's just going to get worse and worse. They need to build another tunnel, or build a ski train or something! In a couple of years, we'll be in traffic from 3pm to 9pm every Sunday!!!!
post #15 of 18
this is typical saturday mornings and sunday afternoons, most other times it is no problem; weather permitting.
you can either go friday night, earlier or later saturday and later sunday; but its the same at the morning and afternnoon work commutes, this is the time most go and come back. no sense wearing yourself out over it.
post #16 of 18
my rule of thumb year round is to never be near I-70 eastbound between the tunnel and denver from 3:00 to 7:00.

i don't know which is worse....winter or summer
post #17 of 18
The slow traffic was due to 3 plows.

One was in the right lane, one in the left and on was plowing down the center of the highway and was also ditributing sand. They were all going 10-15 mph and would not let anyone pass.

I was 5 cars behind them and tried to exit jump them, but only got past the cars, not the plows. The exit was too isy to go fast enough to jump them all

I'm not sure why they using this formation. There should have only been 2 plows, both plowing and sanding there side of the roads. I was behind them for about 30-40 minutes and was really pissed by the time they pulled off.
post #18 of 18
There is a whole maze of frontage roads from Idaho Springs to the tunnel, well worth learning. The tunnel, Georgetown hill, and tunnel-Frisco are pretty much unavoidable when the pass is closed.
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