DENVER (KDVR) – The Colorado Department of Transportation issued a warning Friday morning for motorists to avoid traveling to the high country this weekend due to the fire danger. While colder weather and expected snow will help with firefighting efforts later this weekend, fire risks are expected to remain high. Slippery roads possible Friday morning; Extreme fire hazard Saturday; On Sunday, CDOT said that with crews clearing snow and helping close roads due to fires, resources will likely be depleted to clear possible accidents and stranded vehicles. Many motorists tend to drive too fast for the conditions at the start of a snow season and lack tires suitable for snow. “Limiting as much travel as possible over the next few days will help the state focus its resources where they are needed most,” said Shoshana Lew, executive director of CDOT. “Every abandoned car and every accident will require special attention to get the roads cleared again, and avoidable traffic makes it harder for first responders and evacuees to get to where they need to go. Staying off the road when you can is a little help for all of our Coloradans comrades during this difficult time. “As evacuations and emergency operations continue in these communities, we ask Coloradoians not to move to or through the area,” said Matthew Packard, Colorado State Patrol chief. “Please keep our neighbors in your thoughts during this difficult time.” More than 100 CDOT staff are helping to close roads while other team members prepare for the next winter storm. Teams are staffing roadside access points to evacuated areas, patrolling closed sections of road in affected areas and assisting in clearing roads to assist first responders. Crews also provide escorts through affected areas for emergency services. The roads leading to Estes Park are closed, while the roads leaving Estes Park are open. Conditions are likely to change quickly, so motorists should check COtrip.org for the latest conditions. Here is the latest CDOT closure information: US 36 closed between Broadway north of Boulder and Lyon for emergency operations due to a forest fire. Closure points (subject to offset): Closure US 36 at the intersection of US36 and CO66 at kilometer post 22-32US 36 at the intersection of US 36 and Broadway in Boulder MM 35.5CO7 closed between Lyon – Highway 72 ( Peak to Peak Highway) for emergency forest fire operations. Closing points (subject to offset): CO7 at mile marker 19 (CO72) mile marker CO7 32 (south of Lyon) CO 7 closed northbound between CO 72 (south of Allenspark) at Estes Park Le south remains open for evacuees. Apple Valley Rd (west of Lyon) at Estes ParkEastbound remains open to evacuees. CO14 closed at Walden – Rustic. Closure Points: CO 14 East / Westbound Walden – Rustic MM 34-91 Alternate Route: I-25 to I-80 through Wyoming, or I-25 to I-70 through Colorado Larimer County works with the CDOT to open the CO14 by Monday, according to the Assessment Team scheduled for Monday to determine the potential for high risk of rockfall and flooding. Maintenance actively tracing, replacing the boundary and sign destroyed by fire. CO 125 closed in both directions from Granby to Rand (kilometer 0-31 from 2 p.m.) Alternate route: US 40 south to I-70 west, then north on CO 9 to US 40, then east on CO 14. US 34 is closed in both directions between Granby and the Rocky Mountain National Park (like Trail Ridge Road). The Rocky Mountain National Park is closed starting Thursday. October 22 at 9:00 a.m. Alternate route: Travel east to Estes Park and surrounding areas not recommended. If necessary, travelers can take US 40 south to I-70 east to Denver, then north on I-25.US 34 closed westbound between Dam Store (MM 83) – Estes Park (approximately MM 63) due to the Estes Park evacuation order. US 40 remains open in both directions between Hot Sulfur Springs (MM 202) and the intersection with US 34 (MM 211) in Granby. Alternative route: US 40 south to I-70 west, then north on CO 9 towards Kremmling (US 40). Please note that US 40 is open from I-70 to Granby, as well as to the west of Hot Sulfur Springs. CDOT asks travelers to avoid the area unless necessary. Close Modal Suggest a correction Suggest a correction.
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