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Here are 40 Facts about the Eisenhower tunnel near Breckenridge from your friendly Peak 1 Express team:

  1. Located roughly 60 miles from Denver
  2. Turned 40 years old on March 8, 2014
  3. Highest vehicle tunnel in the world
  4. Elevation of 11,155 feet
  5. Eisenhower tunnel was started March 15, 1968
  6. Eisenhower tunnel was completed in March 8, 1973
    • Took 5 years to complete
  7. Johnson tunnel was started on August 18, 1975
  8. Johnson tunnel was completed December 21, 1979
    • Took 4 years to complete
  9. Eisenhower tunnel named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  10. Johnson tunnel named after former Colorado Governor and U.S. Senator Edwin C. Johnson
  11. Loveland Pass used to be the only way to Denver over the pass
  12. Tunnel system shaves about 10 miles off of the trip to Denver, compared to Loveland Pass
  13. To power the tunnel, expenses are about $70,000 per month
  14. Tunnels are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  15. Employs 52 full time staff
  16. In 2013 the average daily number of cars passing through was just over 29,700
  17. 10.7 million vehicles travelled through the tunnel in 2013
  18. For January 2014, 32,000 was the daily vehicle average
    • 992,724 for the month
  19. For February 2014, 31,500 was the daily vehicle average
    • 886,933 for the month
  20. Approximately 1 million cubic yards of rock and earth were removed from each bore
  21. 190,000 cubic yards of concrete was used in construction
  22. 3 people died boring the Eisenhower tunnel
  23. 4 people died boring the Johnson tunnel
  24. The tunnel system lies entirely within the Arapahoe National Forest
  25. Crosses the borders of Summit and Clear Creek counties
  26. The Eisenhower tunnel was originally called the Straight Creek tunnel
  27. The tunnels are approximately 115 feet apart
    • 230 feet apart at the farthest point
  28. The Eisenhower tunnel is 1.693 miles long
  29. The Johnson tunnel is 1.697 miles long
  30. Up to 1,140 people were employed to create the tunnels
    • Crews worked three separate shifts, 24 hours a day on 6 day shifts
  31. There is up to 1,496 feet of rock and earth above the tunnels
  32. Traffic is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  33. Traffic rarely stops, but when it does, it is usually due to inclement weather, accidents or metering
    • Stops typically take 20 minutes
  34. Weekends and holidays have the highest traffic volume
  35. Hazardous Material vehicles are not allowed through the tunnel unless Loveland pass is closed
    • Stops for hazmat typically only take 15 minutes
  36. The public may view traffic via still or streaming cameras via cotrip.org
  37. Tunnel is lined with hanging porcelain tiles
    • Above the tiles is where the tunnel ventilation system is contained
  38. There are three cross tunnels that allow for foot traffic in between each tunnel
  39. Tunnels allow for two 13 foot lanes; 26 feet total
  40. Tunnels have a height of 13’11”

You’ll get to travel through the Eisenhower Tunnel with Peak 1 Express when you take one of your shuttles from the Denver Airport to Summit County or Vail Valley.  Book your transportation to the Rocky Mountains today!