A recent report from The Denver Channel shows a proposal for building a nine mile bypass tunnel on I-70 through Vail Mountain.
The tunnel was proposed as a ‘solution’ to Vail resident’s complaints of the noisy and busy interstate that runs right through town.
Kracum Resources believed a tunnel through Vail Mountain would eliminate unnecessary noise and divert traffic away from town.
Motorists could either exit I-70 to Vail, or continue on through the longest tunnel in North America. The proposed tunnel would have run under the ski lifts and trails of Vail.
The tunnel never really had much of a chance. It was shut down before serious planning even began. It probably didn’t help that the estimated cost of the tunnel was between $1.7B-$2.8B.