I-70 Twin Tunnels project near Idaho Springs should open next weekend

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. - The extra lane on Interstate 70 at the Twin Tunnels should open next week.

The project, near Idaho Springs, has expanded the eastbound tunnel to three lanes and expanded eastbound I-70 to three lanes from the tunnel to U.S. 6.

The construction project is on time and the new tunnel and extra lane should open next week, days before the mandated date of December 21, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Improving the Twin Tunnels area is one of several efforts CDOT says it will take in the next several years to cut travel time and accidents on I-70, which sees heavy traffic flows, especially on weekends.