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Highway closures vary in length depending on what caused the closure and that, coupled with the uncertainty of evolving weather, makes it nearly impossible to determine an estimated time for re-opening.  Cotrip.org has the latest information on opening, please do not stop your vehicle in a lane of traffic to ask officers when the highway may open.

During a closure on I-70 please DO NOT queue your vehicles along Highway 9 or Highway 6 hoping to be one of the first back onto I-70 when it opens.  This just causes further congestion problems for emergency vehicles who are trying to clear the problem and get the road open again, as well as for travelers trying to commute through the area on those roads.  Parking along either Highway 6 or 9 is a criminal offense covered under Colorado Revised Statutes; Parking Prohibited 42-4-1202, Obstructing a Roadway 18-9-107 and Obedience to a Police Officer 42-4-107.

Thank you for your patience and please know that CDOT and emergency personnel are working diligently to get the highway opened as soon as safely practical.  The following information should assist with locations to go and what to do during a closure.  Be aware, extended closures can result in 5+ hour delays to Denver once the freeway re-opens.

*You may need to reschedule your flight to avoid a crisis or the desire to drive unsafely once the road re-opens*

Roadway graphicEmergency Shelter Information 

If there is an extended closure that requires an emergency shelter to be deployed, the Red Cross and Summit County Emergency Manager will work together to make sure stranded motorists have a safe place to stay.  Updated information on the closure, and/or the location of the shelter can be found on the Summit County website.


For up to date road closure information

What to do during a closure

  • Do not park your vehicle on the ROADWAY.  Find a nearby parking lot instead.
  • Travelers west of this exit are allowed on to I-70 first upon re-opening.  It does not help to wait by the freeway ramp.
  • Keep windows cracked if your vehicle is running without moving to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If you see an accident/road hazard/road rage incident on I-70, please call (970) 824-6501 or *CSP.

Where to go during a closure 

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When the Highway opens

If traction laws are in place, please click here for the requirements.

  • Motorists driving with inadequate equipment when a Passenger Vehicle Traction Law or Chain Law is in effect could be fined more than $130.
  • If a motorist blocks the roadway because he/she has inadequate equipment when a Passenger Vehicle Traction Law or Chain Law is in effect, he/she could be fined more than $650.