The Density of I-70 - The Density of I-70 Interstate 70 is...

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The Density of I-70 Interstate 70 is a long interstate highway in the United States that runs from Interstate 15 about a mile from Cove Fort, Utah , to a Park and Ride in Baltimore, Maryland . It was the first Interstate Highway Project started in the United States. West of the Rockies, the route of I-70 was cobbled together from a variety of sources. The construction of I-70 in Colorado and Utah is considered an engineering marvel where the route passes through the Eisenhower Tunnel , Glenwood Canyon , and the San Rafael Swell . The Eisenhower Tunnel is the highest point along the Interstate highway system with an elevation of 11,158 feet. When I-70 was built through here in the 1960’s and 70’s, the Colorado Rockies were rural and remote, and the old roads that the highways replaced were a widely recognized danger. Over the years Colorado has grew at an unmanageable rate. Colorado currently has 4.3 million residents and is the third-fastest growing state in the U.S. Colorado grew by over 30% in the 1990's and is projected to increase by a million people in the next 10 years. Colorado is suffering from congestion, smog, sprawl and budding profit loss; these externalities are due to traffic. For much of the U.S. population, traffic congestion is a fact of modern life. According to the Texas Traffic Institute (TTI), which studies traffic throughout the U.S., drivers in urban areas with between one and three million people spent an average of 37 hours stuck in traffic in 2003. Those in urban areas of more than three million spent an average of 61 hours in traffic . Colorado’s I-70 traffic affects much bigger issues than aggravation and a squandering of time. I-70 is the solitary link to the very reason why people live, visit, or drive though the state of Colorado. The Rocky Mountains are a four season attraction, whether skiing in the winter or hiking all year round. These attractions are provided by Mother Nature who must be maintained
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by having a healthy environment in which to strive. But this is all hindered by smog and fuel emissions from automobiles. During the Labor Day holiday a year ago, traffic at the Eisenhower Tunnel measured 166,633 vehicles, with 42,941 traveling through the tunnel on Labor Day. The record number of vehicles occurred on Aug. 5, 2001, with 50,113 vehicles. These vehicles are sitting in place during the morning and evening rush hours; use to be rush hour now currently extending to two hours, continuing to emit deadly tiny particles called PM10’s. Air pollution due to traffic is not only a growing concern for nature, but human wellbeing as well, with air pollution claiming 70,000 lives annually toppling auto fatalities by 30,000. Not even mentioning the affect air pollution could have on these resorts running these features of attraction, while affecting the tourist industry for these resorts. The tourist industry is being affected.
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2008 for the course ENG 121 taught by Professor Thomas during the Spring '08 term at Front Range Community College.

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The Density of I-70 - The Density of I-70 Interstate 70 is...

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