CDOT failed to inform about Hoosier Pass closures |

CDOT failed to inform about Hoosier Pass closures

The efforts at public relations and information that were made by CDOT concerning the closing of Hoosier Pass were not enough. Mr. Wilson seems to think the people most affected by his detours are the ones to blame, but that is simply not true. There are many good reasons that people could not attend those meetings. Many of the people affected do not live in these towns, but in Park County itself. A six month gap in time between the meetings and the start of the project without any further effort shows that the CDOT was not interested in informing the people that live in these two counties. My real problem with the CDOT effort is the submitting of Boreas Pass as a detour. Most highway detours are at least watched over by the highways department. Boreas Pass is dangerous at any time, much less at 3 or 4 a.m. There are many shelf road areas that are washboarded and covered with loose rock. There are no guardrails or safety devices. Curves are sharp and visibility very bad. When it rains it can be very slick. If anything would happen to your car, there is no communication or way to get out. In many areas the road is very narrow – if two cars meet, one will have to back up to a wider spot in the road. This could be difficult in the dark. There would be a big problem if any oversized vehicles were on the pass. You can drive a passenger car over the pass, but tire damage, allignment problems and suspension problems could result.I have to go over the pass as I cannot afford the long route around Leadville, but I do not like it and would have preferred a one-way detour controlled by flagmen from CDOT.

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