Loveland Pass Closed at Approximately 3 a.m. This Sunday

July 29, 2011 - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Traffic routed to I-70, hazardous material loads directed to Eisenhower Tunnel.

SUMMIT/CLEAR CREEK COUNTIES — Loveland Pass will be closed for up to two hours this weekend starting at 3 a.m. Sunday, July 31 due to an extra heavy/wide load traveling through the area. During the time of the closure, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recommends motorist travel via I-70 as an alternative route. Hazardous material loads will be directed to Eisenhower Tunnel to be metered through the tunnel at the top of each hour, similar to protocol followed during winter pass closures.

Starting at 11 p.m. Saturday, July 30, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) will escort an exceptionally wide/heavy load transported by Precision Heavy Haul from Aurora to the Climax Mine in Lake County. Also accompanying the load will be additional escort vehicles and two tractors. The group will travel on I-70, I-270, I-76, and State Highway 91 from late Saturday evening through the early hours of Sunday morning. For their safety, motorists are urged to slow down when traveling near the transport unit.

Traffic Impacts: Loveland Pass closed from approximately 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, July 31. Slowing in the vicinity of the load and surrounding CSP vehicles and escort vehicles starting at 11 p.m. Saturday until the load reaches its destination.

CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all road signs and to be prepared to slow down when traveling near the load. To receive updates about road conditions in the area, visit and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page.