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Colorado road conditions: Westbound I-70 back open at Golden

The westbound lanes were closed about 6 a.m. and were back open by 11 a.m., according to the Colorado State Patrol.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) tweeted just after 11 a.m. Thursday that Interstate 70 was back open at the Morrison/Golden exit.

I-70 had closed near milepost 259 just before 6 a.m. CSP had mentioned at the time that there was no estimated time for reopening the road.

Colorado Department of Public Transportation (CDOT) provides these tips for safe driving in Colorado:

  • Expect the unexpected
  • Slow down
  • Don't tailgate
  • Be aware of emergency crews
  • Heed signs
  • Obey flagger
  • Stay alert and minimize distractions
  • Keep with the traffic flow
  • Plan your drive
  • Be patient and stay calm

It is also important to be aware of emergency vehicles.

Colorado's Move Over Law requires drivers to move over a lane when there’s an emergency situation along the shoulder. If the driver can’t move over, they must slow down significantly to avoid an accident. 

The law was implemented in 2005 and strengthened in 2020. A CDOT news release states: "The updated law stipulates that if a driver is unable to move at least one lane away from the stationary emergency vehicle, the driver must slow down to at least 25 miles per hour on roadways with a speed limit below 45 miles per hour. On roadways with speed limits 45 miles per hour or more, motorists must slow down to 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit. Drivers that fail to slow down or move over commit the crime of careless driving, a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense that can result in up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $300."

CDOT recommends people check COtrip.org to find out about  road conditions, construction zones, and traffic alerts.

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