Eisenhower Tunnel turns 50. CDOT celebrates, talks renovations.1 min read
Thousands of vehicles travel through Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70 each day. But on Wednesday, for a brief moment, the traffic stopped to let just three pass: a 1970 Plymouth Fury police cruiser, an antique fire truck, and a MG sports car of a similar vintage.
The procession was part of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s celebration of the Eisenhower Tunnel’s 50th anniversary.
Since the tunnel opened on March 8, 1973, millions of cars have crossed under the Continental Divide through the passage. When the ribbon was cut, the 44.3-foot-high and 47.5-foot-wide tunnel with a $110 million price tag was the most expensive highway project ever embarked on by the U.S. government. Three men died during the five years of construction.
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