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post #831 of 7012 (permalink) Old 04-04-2013, 05:24 PM
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I've been getting after it for sure. It has been super nice.

On a side note though, I got to use the new bypass around the East Bound tunnel at Idaho Springs on I70 yesterday. All you weekend guys, get ready to eat a bag of dicks every weekend for the next two seasons. For Sunday Summer travelers, get ready to eat a bag of elephant dicks when you use that. It is going to seriously suck. I suspect I am going to do a lot more stuff in Rocky Mountain, Cameron Pass, and other spots next year. I love Bert, but that thing is going to be a serious traffic jam on weekends. If you are coming to visit Colorado and plan on leaving on a Sunday, I'd leave very early or schedule your trip elsewhere. It is that bad.
Idk if it will be that bad. Took the tunnel bypass on the way back yesterday, didn't even have to touch the brakes. Eastbound side flows pretty smoothly, I don't think it's going to be any worse than the tunnel has been this year so far.
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35mph around the tunnel? I took it yesterday too. Though it wasn't delayed it was slow. It'll be a bag of dicks once you add full on ski traffic. It'll be worse this summer. Mark my words.
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Idk if it will be that bad. Took the tunnel bypass on the way back yesterday, didn't even have to touch the brakes. Eastbound side flows pretty smoothly, I don't think it's going to be any worse than the tunnel has been this year so far.
It's gonna be waaaaaaay worse.
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It's gonna be waaaaaaay worse.
Before I actually saw the bypass I thought I would have to avoid I-70 at all costs this summer. It sounded like the worst traffic nightmare imaginable.

Having driven through the bypass I have to say, I'm impressed. They engineered a pretty decent solution to closing down the tunnels. I may be eating my words later this summer but I think traffic is going to be only moderately worse than it would have been otherwise.

I try to be a glass half full kind of guy.
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I heard that, but I just don't see how. Originally it was a two year construction effort. Maybe they will get the tunnel done by November but not the full road expansion? Everything before this said it was two years, so I think the local news got it wrong. I have a friend who is an engineer for CDOT so when I get a chance I'll ask him to confirm what the deal is. He knows.

I also got some unedited raw video from yesterday of Cody and myself doing the North Chute on Russel. It was pretty good and gives you and idea of what it has been like on Bert for the past few weeks.



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Anyone have a recent first hand report from The Beav, Breck or Keystone? Trying to figure out where to go tomorrow.
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I was @ Keystone. It was slushy in some spots and sticky. The weather was great and it was not crowded. I did not do any hikes or anything like that. I was crusin today. Wax your board. It might rain tomorrow, 30 percent chance.

It looks like it will snow right after Keystone closes, it does almost every year. It's because of the Keystone Curse.


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Before I actually saw the bypass I thought I would have to avoid I-70 at all costs this summer. It sounded like the worst traffic nightmare imaginable.

Having driven through the bypass I have to say, I'm impressed. They engineered a pretty decent solution to closing down the tunnels. I may be eating my words later this summer but I think traffic is going to be only moderately worse than it would have been otherwise.

I try to be a glass half full kind of guy.
Moderately worse than usual = completely butt fucked. It's already horrible. Summer traffic is actually worse than weekend ski traffic.
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I was @ Keystone. It was slushy in some spots and sticky. The weather was great and it was not crowded. I did not do any hikes or anything like that. I was crusin today. Wax your board. It might rain tomorrow, 30 percent chance.

It looks like it will snow right after Keystone closes, it does almost every year. It's because of the Keystone Curse.
Everything in A51 still set up or are they starting to take it down?
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I don't see how it can't be a nightmare at times. Acro, you are right that they made best out of a bad situation. This project needs to get done too. So I am all for it. It is still going to suck.
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This summer if i need a city o will drive to salt lake instead of Denver. Probably the same drive time...
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