September 18, 2017
SUMMIT COUNTY — A decade ago, a study commissioned by the Denver Chamber of Commerce found that congestion on Interstate 70 was costing Colorado more than $830 billion in lost economic activity every year.
Since then, things have only gotten worse, particularly in the mountain corridor, where narrow, steep and winding terrain forms a choke point. Highway closures are common here, particularly in the winter, and each hour that cars aren’t moving costs about $1 million in stalled commerce. For the people who live here, however, these numbers are just abstractions.
“If you live in Summit County, it’s a road you use to go to church or to take your kids to school or to the soccer game — it’s like our Main Street,” Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs said on Friday during a visit by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.