Let's have CDOT commission a study for this ^^^.
Let's have CDOT commission a study for this ^^^.
So maybe this could be handled sufficiently in CO by using signage and steep fines. If the equipment regulations are already on the books then they just need to find the best way to enforce the law(s).
Three Words: Four Wheel Drive
You live in the chain zone you are gonna have a few of these in your garage
Usually the checkpoints are before the steep sections where traction issues are expected
Locate a 'check' station at the I-70 Westbound Exit used for Truck Scales OR at the WB Fall River Rd Exit. Then have the local magistrate (or whoever) there to collect the fines - in cash.
Bet the bald tires would disappear quickly. Can't say anything about the driving ability of the moron who complies but still lack skills.
If I remember correctly Colorado did have tire/chain checkpoints back in the 70's. I never had problems with 4Wd and 'snow' tires. I suffered from a number of flats caused by broken chain links and thin tires.
Fines are not enough of a deterrent, they will drive up with bald tires cause they are just Human so a fine is just another thing to risk.
It's hard as hell to avoid a checkpoint when every exit in the chain zone has them.
Try avoiding this ...
If there is snow on the road and the conditions warrant it, sure check them all.
It don't take long, Just Look and see 4WD, 2WD + chains on vehicle or Semi Truck with chains on rig and trailer
Electronic signboards down-slope warn of this, so no surprises there.
Happens all the time on I-80
Better than a fatal which closes the highway or a jackknifed rig
[Here it comes! Just read this from CDOT ... sucks. Can't they wait until April??]
Work on the Westbound Twin Tunnel bore is underway! Lane closures during non peak times will be implemented almost daily. Motorists traveling this corridor are encouraged to visithttp://www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html for a list of all scheduled lane closures. Heads up for today, the left and center lane of eastbound I-70 will be closed from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Motorists should anticipate delays. Also, at this time the left lane of westbound I-70 is closed until 5 p.m. around the Twin Tunnels. Tonight, from 6 p.m. through 7 a.m. the westbound tunnel will be closed and head to head traffic will be implemented through the eastbound tunnel. CDOT is taking care to implement closures during non peak travel times to minimize delays with this project.
I still don't understand how you all can stand that much driving. I get annoyed when there is traffic on the road and it takes longer than 25 minutes to get to the hill!
It takes me 2 hours to ride my bike to work: if I go the long way up to the mountain first with 2700 feet of climbing. Otherwise, it is 45 minutes the fast way, or 1:20 on singletrack on the cross bike. Hooray for not living in the city.
Good for you?
I left my house at 6:30 en route to Copper thinking it would be another three hour Saturday disaster. I was standing at the Super Bee waiting for them to drop the rope at 8:15. I'd never been there that early...it was kind of nice to warm up on un-scraped groomers.
Yep, traffic definitely "turned the corner" this weekend. I noticed though that there was the usual disaster on the uphill climb to the tunnel from Summit County on Saturday.
I also noticed that they now have the signs up about "authorized buses" permitted to use the shoulder of the highway.
I-70 ski traffic is pretty much done for the season now. It's warmed-up in Denver and many have moved-on to spring activities. Only issue will be if there is big snow on a Sat/Sun, but nothing like the jams earlier in the season.
This isn't going to help things:
Yep, got stuck in reconfiguration traffic coming home today. They moved the eastbound lanes over to the detour road. Took an hour to get through Idaho Springs, in town! So much for that nice new tunnel
I'm surprised by the long delay on a weekday. Do you think it will be this badly delayed every weekday?
I believe that the longer delay was due to the work to reconfigure the lanes for the shift back onto the detour road (this won't need to happen again). Today they are doing another lane reconfig to move 1 lane of Westbound traffic into the Eastbound tunnel side. After today's lane reconfig they should be done with that stuff. Then it's just the usual delays for blasting.
^^^ Yep. There really wasn't any traffic, and I wouldn't expect much even on weekends... unless, maybe, the weather is bad enough in Denver to cancel soccer games, and there is enough snow in the mountains to pull skiers out of spring hibernation, and it creates bad driving conditions.
Bad news is it sounds like the construction is going to make a big mess on a regular basis:
Wow, they're really going to make life tough for us Front Rangers through the end of this ski season. Ugh.
Ugh, blasting days could be a huge mess, particularly if you need to get back to get to the Front Range on any sort of schedule.