The Colorado Department of Transportation is inviting community members to an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Donovan Pavilion to provide information and gather feedback on an Environmental Assessment (EA) study that is being used to improve I-70 safety and operations on the west side of Vail Pass. This study will investigate existing and future transportation conditions, develop and analyze potential improvements, and identify a preferred alternative to move into preliminary design.
An eastbound and westbound auxiliary lane from the East Vail exit to the Vail Pass rest area on I-70 was recommended in a broad-scale study of the I-70 mountain corridor in 2011. The EA will study the benefits and impacts of these additional lanes and other safety and operational improvements on the west side of Vail Pass. Final design and construction will follow as funding becomes available.
Public and stakeholder input and involvement is essential during this planning effort, and community member input will inform decision-making throughout this project.
During the open house, community members will be asked to provide suggestions regarding necessary improvements, and talk with members of the project team. No formal presentation is planned.
For those unable to attend the open house in person, the meeting’s graphic displays will be made available on the project web page beginning Thursday, Feb. 22. Comments can be submitted anytime via an online comment form. To view the graphics, submit comments, or to join the project mailing list, visit codot.gov/projects/I-70-West-Vail-Auxiliary-Lanes.
STUDY INFORMATION: For more information on the I-70 West Vail Pass Auxiliary Lanes project, visit codot.gov/projects/I-70-West-Vail-Auxiliary-Lanes.