The 9-Mile Tunnel Through Vail Mountain That Could Have Been


Several options were considered for a Vail bypass

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.

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The Vail Mountain tunnel would have been more than 5x longer than the Eisenhower Tunnel pictured here. Courtesy: Hart Van Denburg/CPR News

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.

Still pretty cool to think that there could have been a 10-mile long tunnel of death under Vail Mountain…

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