Eastbound I-70 Mountain Express Lane

I-70 Mountain Express Lanes

The I-70 Mountain Express Lane runs eastbound on I-70 from Empire through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels passing Idaho Springs. The lane is only open weekends and holidays and is a shoulder lane when not in use.


Drivers can only pay a toll. Trucks and trailers are not permitted.


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On the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, motorcycles have to pay the toll. Motorcycles must have an ExpressToll account in order to receive the discounted toll rate (Note: motorcycles do not need a physical ExpressToll pass as long as the motorcycle license plate has been added to an ExpressToll account). Motorcycles without an ExpressToll account will be charged the higher License Plate Toll (LPT) toll rate.

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Toll only for all vehicles.


  • 13 miles eastbound from Empire through Veterans Memorial Tunnels
  • Open during peak periods of travel only  
  • Toll only, no free motorcycle or carpool
  • No trucks or trailers are allowed
  • Adjustable toll pricing keeps traffic moving. Prices fall to encourage drivers to use the lane and rise as the lane reaches capacity
  • Overhead signage will indicate current toll prices. Tolls will be collected through ExpressToll account or License Plate Toll