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Genesee, Colo. -- Sundays are always busy travel days on the I-70 mountain corridor, add to the fact that it’s a holiday weekend, and heavy delays were expected. However, with no more construction and the toll lane open it was free-flowing all evening on Sunday.

“It was pretty much smooth sailing all the way,” said Mark Shapiro as he stopped for gas on his way down the mountain in Genesee. “We were at Copper Mountain and it’s been smooth (on the way down) so far.”

What was expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year, turned into a breeze on I-70. The toll lane was open and free to use early in the afternoon, at about 3PM it bumped up to $3 but didn’t get any higher than that.

Drivers we talked to on Sunday hope that this is a sign that the toll lane will help ease the traffic.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Bill Thomas said. “I think it’s a good idea because traffic coming down on a Sunday evening is dreadful.”

You can check to see how much the mountain toll lane costs before you hit the road by visiting or downloading the CDOT mobile app on your cell phone.

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