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I-70 closed between Frisco and Vail Pass for winter maintenance

CDOT is conducting winter maintenance operations ahead of a busy Presidents Day weekend.

FRISCO, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced a safety closure Thursday for both directions of Interstate 70 between Frisco and Vail Pass.

The closure will start at 11 a.m. and may last through the early afternoon, CDOT said.

CDOT is closing the stretch of highway to conduct winter maintenance operations in preparation for a busy Presidents Day weekend.

Travelers should also plan for winter weather conditions in the High Country and be aware of chain and traction law codes before heading out on the roadway: 

  • Code 18/Commercial Chain Law: Commercial vehicles and trucks must have chains. Vehicles without chains can often lose traction, causing traffic delays and sometimes road closures. For the safety of the traveling public, it's critical to use chains to be in compliance with Colorado's chain law.
  • Code 15/Passenger Traction Law: All passenger vehicles must have appropriate all-weather tires with 3/16-inch depth. Vehicles must have one of the following: winter tires, tires with mud/snow (M+S) designation, chains or alternative traction devices such as an autosock. 4WD and AWD vehicles must have winter tires or all-weather tires.
  • Code 16/Passenger Chain Law: All passenger vehicles need chains, except for 4WD and AWD vehicles with all-weather tires with 3/16-inch tread depth.

For those looking for an alternative to driving in the mountains this weekend, CDOT recommends taking advantage of the recently introduced Snowstang service. 

Snowstang will provide Saturday and Sunday roundtrip bus service between Denver and the Loveland Ski Area, Arapahoe Basin, Steamboat Resort, and Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs. 


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