Heavy snowfall in metro area prompts full-on response from CDOT crews

DENVER (KDVR) — With heavy snowfall in the city, Colorado Department of Transportation plows were out taking care of roads throughout the metro Saturday.

Officials said crews are expected to be on the roads throughout the evening and remain on standby even after the storm passes through the area.

“They’ve been doing a really good job in keeping the I-70 mountain corridor clear for the most part,” Tamara Rollison with CDOT said.

Snow is typically a given in the high country, but this weekend’s storm brought a heavy amount to the city.

“We are focusing on the entire metro area,” Rollison said.

CDOT’s operation to clear roads will focus mainly on parts of the metro where snowfall has been the heaviest.

“We have seen some heavier impacts on I-25 south of Denver between Castle Rock and Monument,” Rollison said.

All corners of the metro should expect to see crews on roads throughout the night and after the storm is over.

“We will still be out through the duration of this storm because we may have to do some avalanche mitigation, we do expect that in some areas,” Rollison said.

That will be mostly along the Interstate 70 corridor, according to CDOT. However, there are enough crews to cover the entire metro area.

“We have about 114 plows out, 24/7,” Rollison said.

Crashes, stalled vehicles or other incidents could lead to some closures on the road, so be prepared for anything.

“We still could have some safety closures even though it may not be snowing,” Rollison said. “We may have to go in and do some safety closures.”

One of those closures will occur between 11 p.m. Saturday to 5:30 a.m. Sunday at Berthoud Pass, that will be to get the route ready for early morning ski traffic.

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