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Old 08-23-2015, 03:37 PM
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Followed a wise suggestion to check the CO Dept. of Transportation page for road work and hold-ups, and decided on a more scenic route from Idaho Springs to Basalt for Tuesday instead of I-70, which has a big hold-up listed at Glenwood Springs. I know there aren't too many choices for routes! but if there is a choice, the page is a big help.
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Old 08-23-2015, 03:58 PM
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Right now about 8 miles of I-70, east of Glenwood Springs, is down to 1-lane each way. Rather slow going. All traffic is now using the eastbound lanes and the speed restriction is down to about 30 MPH and often worse.
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:39 AM
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Good thread brightdoglover!

Mike is right. 30 m.p.h. tops. One of my neighbors works for C-Dot and works out of the Whitewater work yard. He told me that the contactor (Tuesdell Const.) will be working on this through October and will try to get it wrapped up by the end of October. Rock scaling is time consuming but it has to be done, particularly in that stretch by the Hanging Lake exit.

And the Colorado State patrol is playing hardball with the motorists who don't believe that 30 m.p.h. applies to them.

Another bad spot that is going to be more costly down the road regarding this subject is the DeBeque Canyon area. east of Grand Junction.
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:24 PM
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How well does Google Maps reflect road conditions like this? I only ask because that's what I use 99% of the time to check traffic etc.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:32 PM
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I plan to skip I-70 to Glenwood Springs, and instead take the scenic route from my current spot (Idaho Springs) and up through Aspen to an art gallery in Basalt, and then on south to Montrose/Ridgway.

I sure didn't enjoy a 12-hour day starting at 4am to get here! Last straw was the unfamiliar big (to me) rental car and traffic. All I wanted to do was get, well, first get out of the airport, then get away from Denver. I landed at a great BBQ place in Idaho Springs- great food and blues music playing on the radio. I felt like my vacation finally started then. Now I'm at a very lovely B&B in Idaho Springs. Will happily write recommendations for both on web sites. Idaho Springs is awfully close to Denver, and I'm so glad to be here!
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