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CDOT Crews Mobilize as Winter Storm Arrives

March 3, 2015 - Denver Metro/CDOT Region 1 - DENVER – As the Front Range faces yet another winter storm, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in the Denver metro area and along the I-70 corridor up to the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels begins full snow shift, with crews rotating on 12-hour shifts throughout the storm event.

With up to 122 pieces of snow removal equipment on the roadway at any given time, CDOT crews will work to ensure safe driving conditions for motorists.

"Our main priority is delivering a safe and clear roadway for drivers," said Mike O'Neill, CDOT Deputy Director of Maintenance for Region 1. "We're performing this work for family members, friends and the public we support to ensure their safe travel. As the storm rolls in, we ask that motorists give themselves extra time and plenty of room between their vehicle and others--especially our plows--so they can make it to their destination safely." 

Drivers should familiarize themselves with the following winter driving tips to prepare:

Ø  Log on to CDOT’s Winter Driving web page at: http://www.codot.info/travel/winter-driving for road conditions winter driving tips and other information; or for I-70 West Mountain Corridor travel, go here: http://goi70.com/.

Ø  Be sure you have good snow tires. How do you know if you need new snow tires? Insert a quarter into the tire tread upside down, with Washington’s head going in first; if the top of George’s head is covered by the tread, your tires are OK (do this test in multiple points around each tire.) If the top of his head is visible at any point, you need new tires.

Ø  Always keep 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 warm.

Ø  If you are stuck in a serious storm do not leave your car. Run the engine periodically and wait for help.

Ø  Carry 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 deicer.

Ø  Remember that 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.

Ø  Know the chain laws. Chain restrictions in Colorado are most often put into effect for commercial vehicles (semi-trailer trucks) and do not usually affect passenger vehicles.

Ø  Drive for the conditions. In poor visibility or even whiteout conditions, don't drive faster than you can see ahead. High speeds in poor or no visibility can lead to large chain reaction accidents.

Ø  In addition to these winter driving tips, CDOT reminds all motorists to respect winter weather, conduct a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle, and leave extra space between your automobile and others on the road (including plow trucks). Of course, always buckle up! 

The public can find winter driving tips online at http://www.coloradodot.info/travel/winter-driving. CoTrip.org and the CDOT Mobile app offer the most up-to-date, accurate road conditions and travel information.

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