If you plan on traveling through Interstate 70 this winter season, CDOT will be enforcing traction and passenger vehicle chain laws.
Drivers traveling through I-70 will be required to have snow tires, tires made for mud/snow or a four-wheel drive vehicle. The driver must also have the minimum of one-eight inch tread. You may face steep fines for breaking the I-70 chain law, also known as a code 16.
The chain law (and the steep fines) applies to all vehicles, semi-trucks and sedans alike. Once a passenger vehicle chain or traction action is in effect all cars traveling on Interstate 70 will be required to have chains or an alternative traction device on their tires.
CDOT will not be proactively monitoring vehicles for proper equipment, however Colorado State Patrol may issue a ticket when at the scene of either an accident, road block, or vehicle hazard. In order to not block the I-70 corridor you may move your vehicle to away from the roadway. Major Steve Garcia with The Colorado State Patrol says that “Law enforcement and insurance companies will not penalize motorists for moving their vehicle off the roadway after a crash. Moving your crash is the simplest and safest way to keep traffic flowing along one of the most traveled corridors in the state.”
In a last ditch effort to ease traffic along the I-70 corridor, CDOT will be opening the new I-70 Mountain Express Lane. This is a 13 mile toll lane that extends from Empire to Idaho Springs. It will be open only during peak travel times. This new toll lane can save drivers up to 30 minutes. All Drivers must pay to use the toll lane.
Boesen Law wishes you an awesome winter season. Stay safe on I-70 and don’t face steep fines for breaking the I-70 chain law!