Created: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:52:00 MST
Updated: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:44:41 MST
DENVER- The Colorado Department of Transportation is using a unique contest to teach drivers to avoid heavy Interstate 70 mountain traffic.
According to KCNC, the idea is that drivers who travel to and from the mountains will consider changing the times they depart and return.
In the contest participants use social media to inform CDOT about how they avoided I-70 traffic, by delaying their travel time and doing something fun in the mountains.
The prizes for the contest include lift tickets and lodging packages at Copper, Winter Park, or Keystone.
According to CDOT officials, on busy days between 30,000 and 40,000 cars have been traveling through the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel.