Permits help East Vail residents get home faster |

Permits help East Vail residents get home faster

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” East Vail residents can get home faster during road closures this winter with the help of permit cards that will allow them to be waived through vehicle checkpoints.

The yellow placards, which are available to residents living east of Aspen Lane, are part of a plan to keep traffic moving on the Frontage Road when the pass is closed, said Vail Police Department Cmdr. Susan Douglas.

When the pass closes, Vail Police close Interstate 70 at exit 176, and cars trying to go past are checked at the Vail Golf Course. The permit cards allow residents to be waved past the checkpoints, also clearing up traffic so that emergency vehicles can get past more easily, Douglas said.

“It alleviates any congestion out there,” she said. “Often people try to go to the farthest point possible, and just jam up the road.”

The concept was developed to address complaints from residents who encountered delays of up to two hours during previous I-70 closures.

During pass closures, other cars trying to go east are stopped and directed back to Vail’s parking structures.

The system worked well a few weeks ago when a semi-truck accident closed the interstate for much of the morning, police said.

Douglas said the town is encouraging all East Vail drivers get the cards. Drivers can get the permits by calling 479-2208 or coming to records counter located in the Vail Municipal Building.

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