Thunderstorms building over Loveland Pass. Colorado.
Boreas Pass, near Breckenridge, Colorado.
Good morning, sun!
FRISCO —You don’t have to go far in Summit County to find a good view. Sure, it’s great to get out for a long hike deep into the backcountry, but sometimes all you have to do is pull of the road in the right spot to enjoy the beauty of the Colorado high country. All the images in this set were taken within a quarter mile of local highways and byways, including one image that was taken right alongside Interstate 70 from a scenic overlook. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for daily photo updates and visit our online Fine Art America gallery for more Colorado landscape photography.
Installation of fire suppression system in the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnels could spur discussion on hazmat routing
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — With $25 million in funding secured for a long-sought fire suppression system in the I-70 Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnels, a debate over hazmat routing through Summit County could heat up again. In a first step, CDOT will start a process to update the 1980s-era rules for the tunnel, potentially opening the door to a petition process that could result in changes to the hazmat route.
Currently, gasoline tankers and nearly all other hazardous materials are routed via U.S. Highway 6 over windy Loveland Pass, where tankers frequently roll over and spill fuel. Most truckers would prefer to haul their flammable, toxic and explosive materials through the tunnel and down I-70 to save time and money, but local emergency responders aren’t sure if the change makes sense from a public safety standpoint.
Peak-period shoulder toll lane to ease eastbound congestion; CDOT hopes to finish the work by 2015
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — As soon as they finish with the current I-70 construction around the Twin Tunnel segment, Colorado Department of Transportation engineers will set their sights on another project aimed at easing eastbound traffic congestion on the busy Colorado east-west interstate.
A nine-mile section of peak-period shoulder lanes from Empire Junction to the Twin Tunnels could loosen up Sunday afternoon traffic jams by providing three lanes from the junction all the way back to Denver, said CDOT mountain corridor manager Jim Bemelen.
Resorts reporting powder conditions, but road conditions could hamper access, while the backcountry avalanche danger soars
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — March is living up to its reputation as the snowiest month in the Colorado high country, with chilly spring storm snarling roads, intensifying avalanche danger and adding much-needed moisture to the state’s snowpack.
Ski areas around the state are generally reporting up to 12 inches of new snow in the past few days, and moderate to heavy snow continued falling Saturday morning. Some of the heaviest totals are expected east of the Continental Divide, where the California Department of Transportation reported bumper-to-bumper traffic around I-70 and C-470.
East of Denver, I-70 was closed to the Kansas border, and slick conditions on the westbound approach to the mountains prompted CDOT to require chains, snow tires or four-wheel drive for all vehicles in Mt. Vernon Canyon, just west of Denver.
:Chains, snow tires or 4WD required for all vehicles I-70 Mt. Vernon Canyon mile marker 259 – 250.
Arrest warrants issued for two men transporting cocaine and methamphetamine
By Summit Voice
FRISCO —Local law enforcement officials have issued arrest warrants for two California residents suspected of transporting drugs along the I-70 corridor after a Feb. 12 traffic stop.
An initial search of the vehicles with drug-sniffing dogs detected controlled substances in the center console area and underneath the rear seats. The vehicle was impounded until a search warrant could be executed and sheriff’s deputies gave the men a courtesy ride to hotel.
Travel times, delays and more info aims to ease the ski-traffic crunch
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Stakeholders along the I-70 corridor are hoping to ease ski traffic with a combination of measures, including better communication with travelers, and a new smart phone app could be one piece of that puzzle.
The Colorado Department of Transportation says the new CDOT Mobile app will make critical information such as highway conditions and traffic information more accessible, dynamic and interactive.