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Fall Colors Beckon Mobile Admirers

Sept. 20, 2018 - Travelers Should be Aware of Increased Mountain Traffic & Leaf Peepers Outside Their Cars


STATEWIDE—Travelers across Colorado are taking to the mountain roads and passes to get one last glimpse of the colorful foliage. CDOT reminds motorists to be aware of increased traffic, especially over the weekend.

CDOT PHOTO: These leaf peepers have found a safe place, and a good distance away from the highway, to pull off and take photos of the changing fall leaves. CDOT urges motorists to be aware of their surroundings. Watch for slow-moving vehicles and people outside of their cars.

"Every fall when the quaking aspens start to turn gold, we see an increase in traffic on our mountain roads," said CDOT Maintenance Foreman Craig McCall. "Both locals and tourists alike hit the roads in their cars, trucks, motorcycles and RVs. We can't stress enough how very important it is for drivers and those taking photos outside of their vehicles to watch out for each other."

BE A SMART LEAF PEEPER

CDOT shares these tips when driving along roads and highways this fall:

  • Drivers are urged to look out for other vehicles that may be traveling at lower speeds.

  • Watch for vehicles pulling off the roadways, and vehicles parked on the sides of the roads.

  • Vehicles should always find safe, designated areas to park.

  • Motorists need to watch out for pedestrians! People will be out of their vehicles with their cameras.

  • Pedestrians are encouraged to be extremely diligent and watch out for passing cars, trucks.
CDOT PHOTO: Brilliant fall colors attract leaf peepers into the high country. These quaking aspen are turning gold near US 550 Molas Pass in Southwest Colorado.

BE AWARE OF CONSTRUCTION ZONES ON MOUNTAIN HIGHWAYS

Additionally, CDOT cautions drivers that construction work zones are present throughout the state on area highways. Most construction and maintenance projects shut down over the weekends, however some contractors take advantage of favorable weather and construction activity may be taking place on Saturdays.

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