Fees starting low for new I-70 toll lane

Posted at 6:25 AM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 08:25:10-05

State transportation officials say the new toll lane on Interstate 70 for drivers heading east to Denver has so far been a success following its official opening earlier this month.

The Summit Daily reports the 13-mile toll lane from Empire to Idaho Springs began collecting tolls the weekend of Dec. 19 and opened again last weekend. Colorado Department of Transportation communications director Amy Ford says the express lane kept traffic flowing and helped the delay.

The toll lane fees are set to range from $3 to $30, depending on traffic. Ford says the toll stayed around $3 last weekend.

On Saturday, about 400 drivers used the new lane and 800 used it on Sunday.

The express lane will be open during peak travel periods, mostly on weekends and holidays.