Kudos for I-70 Snow Efforts

Dennis Largent, a Construction Engineer with Atkins North America, Inc., of Denver, and, as a member of the CDOT family, a 30-year CDOH and CDOT engineering employee prior to retiring a few years ago, was completing a periodic trip through northwestern and western Colorado to visit projects he is responsible for on Thursday, March 21, when he came face-to-face with the reality of a major snowstorm on Vail Pass.  "The interstate was closed because of numerous accidents and adverse conditions," he said.  "I waited around for a while, then decided I'd better get a hotel room for the night, since I didn't know how long the highway might be closed."

Even getting a hotel room in Colorado ski country during prime spring break ski season isn't easy, and it's generally expensive.  Fortunately, he was able to find accommodations in Avon.

"At 8 a.m. on Friday I started out and found the roads in great shape.  I'd say I had about the same travel time into Denver on Friday as any other day."  After thinking about it, he said,  "I remember being surprised at how great the roads were, but I shouldn't have been.  Those guys up there are great and they've been that way up there for years.  It was obvious they worked their butts off all night long to have the road in that kind of shape in the morning."

He concluded, "Thanks for getting me home safe."

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