I-70 and US 40 Closed

I-70 and Berthoud Pass on US 40 Closed Due to Massive Snowstorm

DENVER, COLORADO – Drivers face multiple highway closures along Interstate 70 and on US 40 at Berthoud Pass due to the ongoing winter storm slamming into the Front Range. With 2-4 feet of snow possible in the mountains through Friday, CDOT officials expect significant disruptions and additional closures as avalanche danger rises, and further mitigation efforts are required in the high country.

UPDATE: As of Friday, March 15, both I-70 and US 40 are re-opened.

Current road closures include:

  • I-70 both directions between Silverthorne Milepost 205 and Denver Milepost 259
  • US 40 (I-70 Frontage road) both directions from I-70 / MP 259 to US-6 Clear Creek Canyon
  • US 40 Berthoud Pass from MP 256-243
  • US 6 Loveland Pass from MP 222-229
  • CO 119 both directions from Blackhawk Milepost  1 to US 6 Milepost 7
  • US 285 Southbound just south of C-470 is closed due to a jacknifed semi truck
  • Multiple other routes may be blocked due to crashes, stuck semi trucks and other issues. Delays are likely on any roadway impacted by the storm

Significant snow will continue to fall throughout Thursday and into Friday morning. COT encourages drivers to check COtrip.org to stay updated about current road closures and travel alerts and be ready for unexpected and unannounced delays.

Here are some additional winter driving tips to keep in mind during the storm.

  1. Stay Informed: Before you hit the road, check local traffic reports and weather updates. Avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary, especially in areas directly affected by the storm.

  2. Prepare Your Vehicle: Ensure your car is winter-ready. This includes checking your battery, lights, brakes, tires, and exhaust system. Carry winter gear, such as chains, a snow shovel, windshield scraper, and a bag of sand or cat litter for traction if you get stuck.

  3. Slow Down: Reduce your speed to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice. Remember, speed limits are designed for clear, dry conditions.

  4. Increase Following Distance: Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. This extra space will give you more time to stop safely.

  5. Use Headlights: Turn on your vehicle’s headlights to increase visibility, even during daylight hours. This helps other drivers see you.

  6. Avoid Cruise Control: Cruise control can cause your car to accelerate at inopportune times on slippery surfaces, leading to loss of control.

  7. Know How to Respond to a Skid: If your car starts to skid, remain calm. Steer in the direction you want to go and avoid slamming on the brakes to prevent a spin.

  8. Stay Warm and Safe: If you’re stranded, stay with your vehicle for safety and warmth. Keep blankets, a first-aid kit, food, and water in your car in case of emergencies.

  9. Respect Road Closures: Heed road closure signs and detours. They are in place for your safety and the safety of emergency and road crews.

Remember, the best way to stay safe during a winter storm is to avoid traveling. If you must go out, these tips can help you navigate the challenges safely. Stay warm, stay informed, and above all, stay safe.

Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.

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