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Interstate 70 trucking ban nixed

Jim Pokrandt
Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkCDOT has decided against banning trucks from critical stretches of Interstate 70 during high ski area traffic times.
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FRISCO – Don’t look for a sweeping policy to ban big trucks from Interstate 70 Saturday mornings as a way to ease ski traffic congestion.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) executive director Tom Norton said a truck ban would not be equitable on a roadway financed by the federal government, and the issue is “self-correcting” anyway.

His comments came before the Summit Leadership Forum at its Thursday gathering.

Norton said some states force trucks to stay in the right lanes and not pass.

“If we had more capacity out there, with three lanes in one direction, we would have more flexibility to do that than we do today,” Norton said.

Norton said the issue is “self-correcting” because trucking companies don’t want to lose money by sitting in congestion. The trucks on the road are the ones that have to be, he said.

CDOT engineer Brian Pinkerton said the “trucking industry has educated us” that many of the trucks on the road are delivering fresh food and gasoline to the High Country.”

That becomes a critical factor in busy times, when some establishments require multiple deliveries in a day.

The issue of trucks was prompted by Greg Finch, executive vice president of Dundee Realty, owner of Arapahoe Basin.

Finch noted that I-70 traffic is growing faster than ski area numbers.

“Who are those people?” he said, asking if trucks could be banned Saturdays until noon.

Jim Pokrandt can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 227, or jpokrandt@summitdaily.com.


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