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CDOT busy making roads safe

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – This week’s winter storm brought a great deal of rain and also wet, heavy snow and blowing winds in the high country, causing Interstate 70 to close multiple times due to crashes and poor conditions.

This kind of weather can translate into icy roads (particularly on ramps and bridges), avalanche hazards and even some rockfall. Colorado Department of Transportation Maintenance crews are either operating on, or on standby for, winter storm patrols – but the sheer numbers might surprise you.

In the Glenwood Springs area, CDOT employs 41 maintenance workers, 40 pieces of equipment and manages 703 miles of highway. Last winter, the crews plowed 152,355 total lane miles, sprayed 707,688 gallons of liquid deicer, and have used 212,177 gallons of Apex, a cold-temperature modified product. The local crews have also spent 39 hours controlling avalanches.



If you’re traveling this week, learn more about road closures and conditions at http://www.cotrip.org.


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