CDOT warns of ‘extreme weather conditions’ on I-70
VAIL — Drivers can expect extreme weather conditions with heavy snow and wind resulting in poor visibility on the I-70 mountain corridor, the Colorado Department of Transportation said Monday evening. The westbound volume continue to build towards the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial as motorists travel for the holiday week.
“Extreme winter conditions are causing travel to be very challenging on the corridor right now,” Colorado Department of Transportation Operations Director Ryan Rice said. “Snowplow crews are working to maintain the best conditions on the roads, but drivers need to make sure they have adequate snow tires or snow chains and ensure they do not drive too fast for conditions.”
Up to 50 CDOT snow plows are currently working round-the-clock storm patrol shifts. For the I-70 mountain corridor (Golden to Dotsero), the incident management team is ready to employ numerous strategies to help motorists travel the interstate slowly and safely. These include ramp management, snowplow escorts, quick clearance of traffic incidents, and real-time traveler information through cotrip.org, 511 and CDOT mobile.
Travelers should also look for CDOT heavy tow and courtesy patrol vehicles to rapidly rapidly clear incidents and keep traffic flowing to avoid secondary incidents.