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The Colorado Department of Transportation Monday reported that fewer vehicles went through the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels on Interstate 70 in 2010 than in 2009. This is the second time traffic has declined in the past three years.The total 2010 tunnel count was 11,391,704 vehicles, or 343,658 fewer vehicles than in 2009. That’s a 2.9 percent drop in traffic. In 2008, traffic decreased from 2007 by nearly 225,000 vehicles.Tunnel Superintendent Mike Salamon attributed the drop to environmentally concerned drivers.”Our best explanation for the lower traffic numbers is carpooling,” he said. “The park-and-ride lots, like those at the Hogback (I-70/Morrison Road), are very full on weekends. It’s not scientific by any means, just an observation. If it’s true, it’s a win-win for the environment and better for traffic congestion. And, from what we’re hearing, business appears to be up in Summit County and some of the ski towns as well. We hope that is the case and it continues.”The average daily traffic through the tunnels in 2010 was 31,210. – Summit Daily News

Skiers and riders looking to add some fuel before hitting the slopes will be able to grab a free Clif Bar at the Aspen Skiing Co.’s four mountains starting this week.The Skico announced a new partnership Tuesday with Clif Bar & Co., which makes all-natural and organic energy foods and drinks. As part of the deal, Clif Bar samples will be passed out daily at Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass, the Skico said. The guest services stations will hand out samples between 9 and 10:30 a.m. daily. Clif Bar will also “support” special events like the Aspen-Snowmass Open and Colorado Freeride Championships, the Skico said in a press release.The two companies share the trait of leveraging their brands to educate their customers about sustainability issues like climate change, buying local food and being active community members, the statement said. Both companies are members of Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). It is an alliance of businesses working to impact climate change on a legislative level.”We’re excited about working with Aspen because we know their passion for the environment runs deep,” said Elysa Hammond, Clif Bar’s director of environmental stewardship. “We applaud their recent steps to support sustainable, local food – they clearly understand the critical link between food choice and a healthy environment.”Skico said in the statement that over the last decade it has migrated toward working with companies whose values are aligned, particularly on the issue of sustainability. Its partners include Green Mountain Coffee, Sprint, Teko Socks, Audi, Anheuser-Busch and Coke.- The Aspen Times

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