Colorado State Patrol unveils I-70 website for truckers

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Monday, April 08, 2013

A new website will give truckers and commercial vehicle drivers on Interstate 70 in Colorado information about road conditions, chain requirements and a truck parking guide.

The website, www.trucki70.com, was recently launched as a safety initiative by the Colorado State Patrol.

“I-70 through Colorado is one of our major, if not the major, commercial vehicle roadways,” Sgt. Mike Baker, public information officer with the state patrol, said. “With the weather shifts that can happen, particularly in the fall and winter months, it was necessary to give truckers another tool to help keep them and by extension everybody else safer.

Baker said the website is also mobile-friendly and can be accessed from smart phones and tablets.
 
Because of the state’s potential for extreme weather and unseasonably late snows, Baker said commercial vehicle drivers in Colorado are required by law to carry chains in their vehicles from Sept. 1 to May 31, when traveling between mile markers 133 at Dotsero and 259 at Morrison.

“The chain laws are in effect any time we’ve got inclement weather,” he said. “We’ll have troopers out there enforcing it. Markers 133 to 259 are especially important because of the continuing variable elevations. We get snow up to and including in June, so truckers always need to have their chains in their vehicle to be prepared for those dramatic weather shifts.”

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