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Road Closure Colorado

I-70, Vail Pass, Loveland Pass & Fremont Pass Closed Due to Unsafe Conditions

DENVER, COLORADO – It might be May, but winter has tightened its grip on Colorado as heavy snowfall and gusty winds have forced the closure of several key mountain passes, disrupting travel and emphasizing the need for winter safety in the high country.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has reported closures across major routes, including US 6 Loveland Pass, both directions of I-70 at Eisenhower Tunnel, and Vail Pass, among others.





Current Closures and Affected Areas

This is an ongoing situation. We will post updates below as the closures change and evolve over time. Check back for updates and visit cotrip.org to get information from CDOT.

UPDATE: May 7, 8:00 PM MT:

  • Loveland Pass (US 6): The pass remains closed from Mile Point 222 to Mile Point 228.7 due to unsafe conditions. 
  • Vail Pass (I-70): The highway over Vail Pass is closed in both east-bound and west-bound lanes from Mile Point 190 to Mile Point 178 due to unsafe conditions.

 

There is currently no known expected reopening time. Check back for updates.


 

UPDATE: May 7, 1:49 PM MT:

  • Fremont Pass (CO 91): Reopened to traffic. CDOT reports it is icy and urges caution along this stretch of highway.
  • Eisenhower Tunnel (I-70): I-70 is open again for west-bound traffic at Silver Plume, however east-bound traffic is still stopped on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel near Silverthorne, CO. CDOT reports I-70 has poor visibility due to snow, ice, and wind and urge caution to drivers.

 


 

ORIGINAL: May 7, 12:45 PM MT: Here is information about the current closures:

  1. Loveland Pass (US 6): The pass is entirely closed from Mile Point 222 to Mile Point 228.7, east of Keystone. Hazmat vehicles are required to stage at Eisenhower Tunnel and will be escorted as traffic conditions allow.

  2. Eisenhower Tunnel (I-70 Westbound and Eastbound): The tunnel has closures impacting westbound lanes between Herman Gulch and Loveland Pass and eastbound lanes from East Frisco to Loveland Pass. Travelers should expect significant delays.

  3. Vail Pass (I-70 Eastbound): The road is closed between East Vail and the summit of Vail Pass, further complicating east-west travel across the state.

  4. Fremont Pass (CO 91): A closure is in effect due to a crash, stretching from north of Leadville to Copper Mountain.






Safety and Travel Advice

With the unpredictability of mountain weather, CDOT urges drivers to exercise caution and prepare for winter driving conditions. Essential tips include:

  • Check Your Vehicle: Ensure that your vehicle is equipped with winter tires and that fluids are topped up.
  • Carry Winter Gear: Always have warm clothing, water, food, and an emergency kit in your car.
  • Stay Informed: Before heading out, check the latest road conditions and closures at CDOT’s official website.

 

The closures highlight the challenges of driving in Colorado’s mountainous terrain and serve as a reminder for all travelers to prioritize safety over speed. As the state navigates these wintry conditions, the community is urged to heed travel advisories and be prepared for sudden weather changes.

Stay updated with CDOT for real-time information on road conditions and ensure your travel plans accommodate the unpredictable nature of Colorado weather.





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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