Westbound Interstate 70 at Floyd Hill in eastern Clear Creek County is a well-known bottleneck for travelers heading into Colorado’s high country.
It's a the steep, two-lane, winding strip of highway down a mountain hillside that ends with a narrow bridge and a sharp curve to avoid a sheer rock face of a mountain. Heading west, three lanes of traffic are funneled into two lanes. The grade steepens to 6 percent in some places, and drivers are forced to slow down.
As a result, traffic builds up behind them — sometimes for miles.
It’s an area that transportation planners have struggled with for years, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is floating some new ideas to fix traffic problems in that section of the state’s east-west artery.