Vail Daily letter: Commuter suggestion |

Vail Daily letter: Commuter suggestion

Mike Schneider
Vail, CO, Colorado

I read Lauren Glendenning’s article regarding the good work of the Colorado Department of Transportation in maintaining Vail Pass during the winter months and how the pass must be closed to assure that the traveling public is safe when there is an accident or severe weather.

No one would disagree with that. CDOT does an incredible job keeping I-70 open and safe during the winter.

That being said, my issue is why has Vail Pass been closed at least twice in the last few weeks for “avalanche control” on a crisp blue sky day between 8 and 9 a.m. when the roads are in good shape?

Let’s see, there is daylight between, say 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Why is the decision made to close the pass at the exact hour when most folks are traveling both directions over the pass to … go to work!

Here’s a suggestion: How about not closing the pass for avalanche control (unless an emergency) between 7 and 10 a.m.? This way, those of us who are going to work can be on time.

Mike Schneider


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