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I-70 traffic help starts this week between Vail and Denver

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

INTERSTATE 70 – Programs meant to keep traffic flowing on Interstate 70 between Denver and Vail this winter start this week.

A program designed to promptly clear large trucks after crashes on the highway begins Wednesday. American Towing Alliance, Inc. is providing standby heavy wreckers at various locations along I-70 this winter during weekends, holidays and other adverse weather days. The program will operate each weekend through April 4.

Also this winter, truck drivers can buy snow chains and have them installed along Interstate 70 between Dotsero and Denver. Trucks for the first time this winter also can use a device called the “Autosock” instead of snow chains. The Autosock takes less time to install.

Beginning Friday, drivers of passenger vehicles can get free roadside assistance, Three trucks patrol I-70 between the top of Floyd Hill and Silverthorne, looking for vehicles with flat tires, no gas or other minor mechanical problems. “The courtesy patrol” runs primarily on weekends – Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., including holidays – through March 28.

All of the programs are run by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

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