I-70 Mountain Solutions?
Once again, debate on how to solve the I-70 congestion problem has been circulating in the DenverPost, probably due to the election season. Just wondering some of your thoughts. Since a topic search only yielded 2.5yr old thread in Central Discussion about a traffic jam, I thought I'd start another.
Two key points for me:
- Neither lane widening, zipping or a pedestrian rail is sufficient. Traffic will outgrow extra lanes and zipping before the project is complete and does nothing to prevent snow or accident closures. A pedestrian rail only serves select ski resorts during the winter months at excessive cost to all CO taxpayers, without ensuring cargo transit.
Any solution to the traffic congestion must be based on rail capable of transporting vehicles, pedestrians, cargo and semis year round in any weather.
- There's no room for rail between Morrison-Idaho Springs, through Glenwood Canyon, Vail Valley and through Georgetown would be very difficult. Plans to date have focused on Denver-Eagle transit because money speaks, but a complete and practile solution must extend from Denver to Glenwood Springs. With Vail Valley too crowded, no route through Glenwood Canyon and terminals in Silverthorne and Glenwood Springs, any plan with transit through Vail/Eagle is unrealistic.
There are many alternate routes than I-70 between Denver-Silverthorne, but a Silverthorne-Glenwood Springs line would have to traverse Fremont and Hagerman Passes. A terminal naer Leadville would also improve transport to the southern mountains.