canada africa partner reservation Keeping large trucks out of the left lane in the mountains will soon become a law | Western Colorado

Keeping large trucks out of the left lane in the mountains will soon become a law | Western Colorado

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Semi-trailers and other commercial vehicles are about to be banned from driving in the left lane on several treacherous stretches of Interstate 70 through Colorado’s high country, under a bipartisan bill passed by the Legislature on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 100, which is awaiting the governor’s signature, would put the ban into effect starting in August for Floyd Hill, Georgetown Hill, Vail Pass, Dowd Junction near Minturn, Glenwood Canyon and near the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels. The only exception is when a driver of a commercial vehicle is “specifically required or authorized to pass by law.”

The original version of the measure would have applied to the stretch of I-70 between Morrison and Glenwood Springs, but was relaxed after the trucking industry expressed concerns.

Senate Bill 100 would also increase penalties for drivers of commercial vehicles driving through Glenwood Canyon and add a list of mountain routes to the areas where truck drivers and people driving other commercial vehicles weighing more than 16,000 pounds must wear chains between September 1 and May 31. These routes include Colorado 9 between Frisco and Fairplay, US 40 west of Empire, US 50 west of Salida, US 160 west of Walsenburg, US 285 west of Morrison, and US 550 from Ridgway to the New Mexico border.

Semi-trailers are already required to carry chains on I-70 between the highway’s Morrison exit and Dotsero between September 1 and May 31. Senate Bill 100 would increase the requirement for any portion of I-70 in Colorado west of the Morrison exit.

Finally, the legislation would require the Colorado Department of Transportation to study locations on I-70 through the mountains where additional chain-up and chain-down stations could be built, and to investigate how existing stations could be improved. Under the bill, CDOT would also be forced to investigate whether mountain routes should be closed to commercial vehicles for a limited time during snowstorms.

Polis has not committed to signing the bill, but the measure was supported by his government, a strong indication that he will make it law.

The bill’s primary sponsors were Sens. Dylan Roberts, D-Frisco, and Perry Will, R-New Castle, and Reps. Elizabeth Velasco, D-Glenwood Springs, and Rick Taggart, R-Grand Junction. Supporters of the measure see it as a way to reduce the number of accidents and road closures in the mountains.

The Colorado Motor Carriers Association, the trucking industry trade group that was originally skeptical of the bill, ultimately supported the legislation after it was amended.

Colorado’s legislative session ends Wednesday.