State Patrol cites safety concerns with highway parking at Arapahoe Basin
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation are alerting motorists to the dangers of parking along U.S. Highway 6 near Arapahoe Basin.
The last weekend in April, several vehicles were towed for parking in the highway right of way, as they created a significant safety hazard to other motorists on this busy stretch of highway. More than 150 vehicles were in violation of the no-parking signs in certain locations along Highway 6. Although no vehicles were ticketed, State Patrol may be issuing parking tickets for future violators.
“U.S. 6/Loveland Pass is a designated Hazmat route, so for safety purposes, we cannot allow vehicles to park along the highway that are impeding the right of way,” said Captain Richard Duran, with the Colorado State Patrol. “Our trooper in the area spent over six hours mitigating the dangerous situation several vehicles created by parking in clearly signed no parking areas” he said.
The cost of a parking ticket along with a tow bill can exceed $300. CDOT maintenance crews will have message signs reminding motorists not to park along Highway 6.