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CDOT, CSP metering eastbound I-70 on-ramps in Summit County

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Delays along I-70. (Photo: Kristen Voegtle/Twitter)

Delays along I-70 on Feb. 9, 2014. (Photo: Kristen Voegtle/Twitter)

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol announced they will be metering traffic merging onto eastbound I-70 at specific on-ramps this weekend.

In a release sent Saturday morning, CDOT and CSP said, in an effort to help diffuse some of the heavy eastbound I-70 weekend traffic, on-ramps at mile post 203, Frisco, and 205, Silverthrone, will be metered.

The efforts began 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue through Monday, said the release.

Both CDOT and CSP said the metering is “designed to keep the interstate flowing more smoothly and to reduce the stop-and-go conditions that cause delays as vehicles approach Eisenhower Tunnel on a snow-packed road.”

The metering will occur all day until about 6 p.m., or unless conditions allow the process to be lifted, said CDOT.

Saturday’s release also said that CSP will be on-hand to periodically redirect traffic to allow for CDOT snow plows to get through.

Despite these efforts, CDOT told drivers to still expect delays along I-70 over the weekend.

CDOT listed the following tactics, which officials plan to implement to prepare for heavy traffic and winter weather conditions this weekend.

  • Expand CDOT’s I-70 West Courtesy Patrol to aid and assist stranded motorists with disabled vehicles.
  • Schedule more CDOT snow plow crews to supplement the existing crews in Summit County and Clear Creek County.
  • Work with stakeholders such as commercial vehicle providers to manage traffic flow on the corridor.
  • Promote good winter driving tips including checking tires for good tread prior traveling into the high country and promote increased used of passenger vehicle traction through chains and alternative traction devices.

For more information, visit ColoradoDOT.info.

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