CDOT officials say public education, road improvements lowered I-70 traffic fatalities

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DENVER — Colorado Department of Transportation officials say efforts to reduce traffic along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor this winter resulted in fewer injuries and deaths and shorter delays.

The Denver Post reports ( ) that there was a 35 percent drop in injury and fatal crashes and a 46 percent drop in weather-related crashes from Frisco to C-470. Unplanned closures went down 16 percent and the number of hours of delay longer than 74 minutes eastbound on I-70 was cut by 26 percent.

CDOT officials say they focused on infrastructure, operations and public education to calm traffic in the corridor. They completed the Twin Tunnels widening project, added more plow drivers and launched an education program encouraging drivers to travel during off-peak hours, drive safely around plows and invest in good tires.

Information from: The Denver Post,

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