In preparation for the winter storm expected to begin Feb. 2, a full-contingent of trucks will go on snow-shift in all areas west, south and east of …
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In preparation for the winter storm expected to begin Feb. 2, a
full-contingent of trucks will go on snow-shift in all areas west,
south and east of the Denver metropolitan area. Plows, liquid
de-icing and sand trucks will be treating all state highways when
the storm hits – now predicted to be this afternoon. Products to be
used are Apex, Sand/Slicer and Ice Slicer. Snow shift denotes a
12-hour on/12-hour off work time.
Areas west & southwest of Denver:
CDOT maintenance crews will begin snow-shift at noon today –
working 12 hour shifts. (26 trucks around the clock)
In Summit and western Clear Creek counties – crews are already
on snow-shift – working 12-hour shifts. (12 trucks around the
Areas east of Denver – to the Kansas state line:
Snow-shift begins at 8 tonight. Includes Interstate 70 and all
other state highways across the eastern plains. (21 trucks
daytime/15 trucks nighttime.)
Drivers can access current information on road and weather
conditions by viewing the www.cotrip.org Web site or by calling
511. Up-to-date information also is available by subscribing for
e-mail or text messages. Sign up by visiting www.coloradodot.info,
clicking the cell-phone icon in the upper right corner and checking
geographic areas of interest. It is free of charge but standard
text message rates do apply. Other winter travel tips include:
Logging onto CDOT’s Winter Driving web page at:
www.coloradodot.info/travel/winter-driving for additional
Not passing plow trucks on the right. Also, a plow blade may be
extended, making it unsafe. Drive slowly and let the plow clear the
road for you.
Always keeping the top half of your gas tank full. It can give
you better traction and gives you a bigger margin of error if you
get stuck and have to keep the engine running periodically to keep
If you are stuck in a serious storm, do not leave your car. Run
the engine periodically and wait for help. Make sure the tailpipe
is clear of snow and ice.
Carrying blankets, water, a flashlight, a shovel, some nutrition
bars or other food for sustenance. Winterize your vehicle's safety
kit by including extra blankets, sand to help gain traction in the
event you become stuck on ice or snow, jumper cables, an ice
scraper and lock de-icer.
Remembering 4-wheel drive does not mean 4-wheel stop. A 4-wheel
drive vehicle will not stop any better in icy conditions,
especially if you have inadequate snow tires.
Being sure of your route. Don't go exploring in the back-country
without some local knowledge, especially during a storm or when one
is bearing down anywhere near your location.
Being sure you have good tires. The Colorado State Patrol
recommends at least one-eighth of an inch tread depth. Chain
restrictions in Colorado are most often put into effect for
commercial vehicles (semi-trailer trucks) and do not usually affect
When visibility is poor or there are whiteout conditions, not
driving faster than conditions allow. High speeds can lead to chain
reaction accidents. Also remember you can't see around mountain
curves and corners either.
Conducting a pre-trip vehicle inspection, leaving extra space
between your automobile and others on the road, and never drinking
and driving. And, of course, always buckling up.
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