Mountain travel delays likely with holiday weekend travel

December 1, 2019 - Denver Metro Area, Colorado

SUMMIT, CLEAR CREEK, JEFFERSON COUNTIES ― Travellers returning to the Front Range from trips to the mountains are likely to encounter delays on I-70 eastbound through the afternoon. Alternate routes are limited, as US-285 remains closed at Kenosha Pass; CDOT crews continue to remove snow and abandoned vehicles following yesterday’s extremely high winds first closed the road.

Travelers should continue to check and plan ahead before heading out for a destination. Use extra caution while driving, as some spots on the road may still have snow or ice from this week's winter weather.


Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:


Earlier this year, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness. This initiative takes a systematic, statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.


CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated inter-regional express service. Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s multi-modal mobility options.