Weather continues to snarl I-70 traffic
April 18, 2013
VAIL – Highway traffic was stop and go – mostly stop – Wednesday as the second wave of storms this week rolled through the valley.
Eastbound I-70 closed around 1 p.m. and stayed closed most of the afternoon. Travelers heeding Horace Greeley’s best suggestion, “Go west, young man,” fared a little better. Westbound I-70 was closed intermittently, but was open most of the afternoon.
CDOT reopened eastbound I-70 late Wednesday afternoon. But just because the road opens doesn’t mean it’ll stay open, said CDOT spokeswoman Ashley Mohr.
CDOT no longer pretreats roads, Mohr said, and since the roads were already wet Wednesday as they were cleared, they’ll likely get slicker around dusk.
“We’re urging folks to remember where they are,” Mohr said. “In Colorado the roads will get slick when the sun goes down and the temperature drops.”
CDOT snowplows are running 24 hours, with the drivers switching out at noon and midnight, Mohr said.
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“Our guys are working hard and will continue to. We’re doing everything we can. Hunker down and don’t travel if you don’t have to,” Mohr said.
CDOT had 40 snowplows working Wednesday afternoon along the I-70 mountain corridor, Mohr said, 75 plows working in the northern mountains and 130 across the Front Range and Eastern Plains.
The mountains have received between 20 and 36 inches of snow so far this week, with up to another foot expected Wednesday.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.