Travel Alerts February 7-8

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CDOT 1:15 AM FRIDAY UPDATE: I-70 MOUNTAIN CORRIDOR
Both closure points will be opening to clear the traffic queues. However, both directions will be CLOSED again at approximately 2 am for avalanche mitigation that will occur just west of the tunnel.

There is no estimate on how long that closure will last. Deciding factors include how much snow ends up on the highway, which determines how long cleanup will take. Please avoid travel in this area at approximately 2 am. Please check cotrip.org for the latest info.

Passenger Vehicle Traction Law & Commercial Vehicle Chain Law
US 285 Southbound / Northbound Fairplay -C-470 (Milemarker 183-250)
Passenger vehicles must have 4 wheel drive, all wheel drive or snow tires.
Chains required all commercial vehicles.


Passenger Vehicle Chain Law
CO 9 Southbound / Northbound Hoosier Pass (Milemarker 73-86)
All vehicles must chain up

Passenger Vehicle Traction Law
  • I-70 Westbound / Eastbound between Vail and Copper Mountain (Milemarker 178-195)
  • I-70 Westbound / Eastbound between Silverthorne to Georgetown (Milemarker 205-228)
  • I-70 Westbound / Eastbound between Idaho Springs and Denver/C-470 (Milemarker 241-259)
Commercial Vehicle Chain Law
  • I-70 Westbound Copper Mountain to Vail Pass Summit (Milemarker 195-190)
  • I-70 Eastbound Vail to Vail Pass Summit (Milemarker 178-190)
  • I-70 Eastbound Silverthorne to Eisenhower Tunnel (Milemarker 205-213)
  • I-70 Westbound Georgetown (Milemarker 228-215)
  • I-70 Westbound / Eastbound Floyd Hill (Milemarker 241-250)
  • I-70 Westbound / Eastbound El Rancho (Milemarker 250-259)
Road Closed
US 6 Westbound / Eastbound Loveland Pass (Milemarker 220-229)

Weather Alert
Heavy Mountain Snows expected through Saturday with persistent west/northwest winds. NWS is projecting the possibility of up to 2 feet of snow in areas such as Eisenhower Tunnel, Berthoud Pass, Vail Pass, Cameron and Rabbit Ears Passes and the Grand Mesa with diminishing totals for southern mountain ranges. Front Range and lower elevations: Additional snow possible through Friday possibly moving east to the plains. Winds may cause issues with blowing and drifting. TRUCKERS: Chains or alternate traction devices will be required for mountain travel. Mountain/Ski Traffic: Expect traction laws to be in place, your tires are your responsibility. DRIVERS MUST BE PREPARED FOR EXTENDED CLOSURES, EXTREME WEATHER AND HEAVY TRAFFIC ON I-70, US 285 AND OTHER MOUNTAIN ROUTES. THERE WILL BE EXTENDED CLOSURES ON I-70 AND US 40 FOR AVALANCHE CONTROL FRIDAY MORNING AND THE POTENTIAL FOR CLOSURES THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
Last Updated: 02/7/2020 6:23 AM

Emergency Closure
I-70 closed in multiple mountain locations: Eastbound in Vail & Silverthorne due to conditions and westbound at Herman's Gulch approaching the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnels which is closed during avalanche reduction work.
Last Updated: 02/7/2020 6:07 AM

Weather Alert
Winter Storm: US 285/Park county/South Park - Heavy snow, high winds, adverse conditions expected, late Thursday February 6th through Friday February 7th. US 285 and CO 9 may not be viable alternate routes for I-70 traffic.

Road Conditions as reported by travelers this morning
Snowpacked but mostly plowed, take it slow.
07 Feb 2020 07:07 #1

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Emergency Closure
I-70 IS CLOSED WEST OF GOLDEN DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER.
Heavy snow, icy roads, poor visibility. THERE IS NO ESTIMATED REOPEN.
Conditions on US 285 are snowy, icy with high winds and poor visibility. While the road is currently open, conditions may warrant closure of this highway as well.
07 Feb 2020 10:25 #2

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CDOT @ColoradoDOT 35m
I-70 westbound is closing from Golden to the Continental Divide. Alternate routes are not advised. Please stay safe.

Safety closure between MM 259 (Morrison exit) and MM 215 (Eisenhower Tunnel). Due to adverse conditions. 511.cotrip.org/LB/viewevent.jsf?sitKey=CARS5-20158
07 Feb 2020 11:20 #3

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CDOT @ColoradoDOT 22m

US 285 SB: Stalled vehicle expect delays between County Road 43A and Crow Valley. Multiple stalled Semis at milepost 223 blocking the right lane, watch for crews, use caution and slower speeds advised.


Per travelers, multiple semis stuck (even ones with chains) SB in Turkey Creek Canyon causing backups to the Morrison exit. Cars are getting by slowly in one lane.
07 Feb 2020 13:03 #4

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CSP Florence @CSP_Florence 25m
Hwy 285 CLOSED Fairplay to Kenosha. Crashes, slide offs and blowing snow. No ETA to open.
07 Feb 2020 16:59 #5

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CSP is doing staged releases of vehicles stopped I-70 EB at MM 205 Silverthorne. Safety closure lifted.
07 Feb 2020 17:06 #6

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From Summit County, CO:
Summit County and American Red Cross will open an overnight shelter at Summit Middle School at 6 p.m. The shelter will provide cots, blankets, restrooms, water and snacks. The shelter will not provide meals or showers. Summit Middle School is located at 158 School Rd., Frisco.

Shelter guests with pets can call Summit County dispatch at 970-668-8600 and ask to be contacted by a Summit County Animal Control officer, who will retrieve a pet and bring it to Summit County Animal Shelter for the night.
07 Feb 2020 18:37 #7

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CSP Florence @CSP_Florence 1m
285 is back OPEN

CDOT @ColoradoDOT 7m
I-70 WB: Road open between Exit 260 - C-470; C-470; Morrison and MM 215.

I-70 is OPEN Westbound at Georgetown. More to come. Remember extreme conditions remain.

CDOT @ColoradoDOT 2m
WB I-70 is NOW OPEN from Morrison to Tunnel (mm 259-215) All lanes open and moving with plow escort. Potential for closures through the weekend. Expect extended delays. EXTREME driving conditions remain. #knowbeforeyougo cotrip.org or subscription.cotrip.org

Passenger Vehicle Traction Law
I-70 Westbound / Eastbound between Silverthorne to Georgetown (Milemarker 205-228)
I-70 Westbound / Eastbound between Idaho Springs and Denver/C-470 (Milemarker 241-259)

Crash
CO 9 Southbound Alma (Milemarker 73)
Multi vehicle crash at MM 73. Use caution and expect delays.
07 Feb 2020 21:14 #8

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CDOT @ColoradoDOT 1m
US 285 NB/SB: Commercial vehicle chain law lifted between MM 229 and MM 250.

Still in effect:
Passenger Vehicle Traction Law
US 285 Southbound / Northbound Kenosha (Milemarker 184-210)
US 285 Southbound / Northbound between Pine Jct. and Morrison (Milemarker 229-250)

Commercial Vehicle Chain Law
US 285 Southbound / Northbound Kenosha Pass (Milemarker 184-210)

And all I-70 traction and chain laws from before, plus CO 9 passenger vehicle chain law.
07 Feb 2020 21:34 #9

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US 285 NB/SB: Passenger vehicle traction and CMV chain law lifted between MM 183 and Wandcrest Av. co.c-tr.us/?type=event&id…
08 Feb 2020 07:11 #10

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