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Oct 25, 2013 3:44 PM by Tony Spehar

Tunnel gets funds for fire-suppression system

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Transportation Commission has approved $10 million for installation of a fire suppression system in the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel.

Currently there is no way for firefighters to safely and effectively respond to a fire in the middles of the tunnels because of limited access and the potential for extreme heat.

According to the Summit Daily, state officials say they have been lucky because fires in the tunnel to date have started near the entrances and exits, providing firefighters enough access to push enflamed vehicles into the open before fires could get out of control.

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Information from: Summit Daily News, http://www.summitdaily.com/

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