WHAT IS A HIGHWAY SAFETY CLOSURE?

Feb 8, 2018

In the event of severe winter weather and deteriorating road conditions, CDOT may close I-70 to protect the traveling public. Highway safety closures are a proactive approach to highway safety and are used to eliminate long-term closures of the interstate, allowing CDOT to deploy snowplow and operations crews during the most intense periods of the snowstorm. CDOT may also implement safety closures if there are spin-outs or other incidents along the highway. Motorists can visit COtrip.org or call 511 for the latest road conditions and updated information about highway closures.

These safety closures were often implemented last winter and the data shows that they actually decreased the overall number of hours the interstate was closed.  The I-70 Coalition applauds CDOT for trying new and innovative things to improve winter travel on Interstate 70!

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