Height limits increasing for the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado

| Friday, November 16, 2007

If you truck Interstate 70 through the Eisenhower Tunnel, here’s some good news. Within a week or two they’re going to increase the height limit for trailers by 5 inches.

The limit is now 13 feet, 6 inches. The new limit will be 13 feet, 11 inches, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation press release.

Part of the reasoning behind the change is that new lights and signage inside the tunnels allow for more clearance. Also, with the new height limit, trailers that have a blanket of snow on top will be much less likely to trip the height alarms.

State DOT officials said that more than 10,000 trucks have been tripping the alarms each year, causing delays for truckers and other motorists when officials have to pull the rigs over to check them.

With the new height limit, officials said that they expect the number of alarms to drop to 2,000 a year.

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