Letter: Kudos to Colorado Department of Transportation
While returning to Grand Junction on Super Bowl Sunday, I was unable to avoid some debris on I-70 just east of the Hanging Lake tunnels. Damage to my right rear tire resulted in my stopping at the east end of the tunnel to enable enough exit room to safely change the flat tire.
I was in the process of the tire change when two CDOT employees stopped alongside in the eastbound side and assisted me in changing said tire. This help was greatly appreciated. They informed me that we were on camera and that the left lane (next to me) had been closed to try to prevent any incidents.
CDOT had closed the left west-bound lane at the tunnel and had posted on advisor sign east of the tunnel of “left lane closed ahead” in the hopes that the west bound traffic would merge to the right lane and slow down.
As the aforementioned of merging to the right, not passing did not actually affect some drivers. One of the CDOT people, in her safety vest, was waving traffic to the right and attempting to slow traffic down at risk to her life and limb. After successfully changing the tire, we proceeded to merge into traffic when I notice one vehicle in my rear view mirror actually pass another in the tunnel with the BIG RED X in the left lane still on.
This indicates to me that many of the people driving do not pay attention to the information given to them and/or do not think that this applies to them.
Many thanks to CDOT and its staff at the Hanging Lake tunnels for their valuable and much appreciated assistance.
D. L. Smith
Grand Junction, Colo.
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