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Adverse Weather on I-70 Mountain Corridor

March 26, 2014 - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - DENVER/WESTERN COLORADO —The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews are on full snow shift along the I-70 Mountain Corridor.

Adverse weather is causing heavy delays and motorists should anticipate slow travel and plan for the possibility of closures. Motorists are encouraged to prepare their vehicles for winter weather and be prepared to stop along the corridor it escorts are implemented.

Currently, I-70 is closed in both directions at Silverthorne due to multiple accidents and adverse weather. Loveland Pass was closed at 8:45 p.m. due to adverse weather. There is currently no estimated time for reopening either of these roads. Drivers should anticipate heavy delays in this area and are advised to use caution when traveling the I-70 mountain corridor at this time. Winter weather is expected to continue throughout the night and through tomorrow.

CDOT would like to remind motorists that adverse weather and winter driving conditions could occur at any time along this mountain corridor. Motorists should be prepared for the possibility of long delays, as well as changing road conditions. CDOT advises adequate tires or tire chains for mountain travel. Motorists are encouraged to stock vehicles with essentials like water, blankets, windshield washer fluid, hand warmers and non-perishable food items. Preparing vehicles prior to a trip and driving according to conditions is essential to winter travel to both maintain safety and reduce delays

The Colorado Department of Transportation cannot allow backups in or around the Eisenhower Tunnel for the safety of the traveling public. With increased traffic numbers, particularly during weekend peak travel times, CDOT is implementing innovative methods of traffic control to ensure continuous traffic flow in this area. If vehicles are escorting traffic up the mountain, motorists should anticipate stops in Silverthorne or Frisco where they will wait for an escort up the mountain by Colorado State Patrol.

To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Information about weekly lane closures will be available at www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html. Live road conditions are available at www.cotrip.org, downloading the CDOT Mobile app or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coloradodot.

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