Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) staff installed a new traffic control gate on U.S. 160, near the highway’s junction with U.S. 84, and according to CDOT staff, the gate will be used to close the highway during avalanche mitigation efforts and Wolf Creek Pass closures.
According to Nancy Shanks, public information officer for the agency, although the gate will block motorists from traveling eastbound on the highway, CDOT personnel will continue to plow east of the gate even when it is closed and local residents will have access to their homes.
Shanks said the gate was installed to increase public safety and to keep motorists from unnecessarily traveling 12 miles up the highway only to learn the roadway is closed.
The new gate is located near mile marker 144 and CDOT’s road condition bulletin board located there on the south shoulder of U.S. 160.
The bulletin board provides basic road condition and special restriction information. However, motorists can obtain more comprehensive road and weather information by dialing 511 on their cell phone, or by visiting www.cotrip.org on the Web.