In preparation for the possibility of road closures on Interstate 70 over Vail Pass this holiday season, the Vail Police Department is encouraging residents of the East Vail neighborhoods to have their vehicle access placards ready to go. The free placards ae issued by the police department to improve access to the East Vail neighborhoods during I-70 closures and are available for free to all requesting households. The bright yellow placards are available from the Vail Police front counter, located at 75 S. Frontage Road, during regular office hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
By displaying the vehicle access placard during an interstate closure, East Vail residents that regularly travel to and from neighborhoods east of Aspen Lane will be directed through an eastbound checkpoint on the South Frontage Road East, at Ford Park, for expedited access to their neighborhood. All remaining traffic will be directed to park in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures until I-70 is reopened.
New travel restrictions are being used this winter by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The restriction requires owners of two-wheel drive vehicles with standard tires to carry traction equipment on I-70 between milepost 133 (Dotsero) and milepost 259 (Morrison) from Sept. 1 through May 31. It also increases the minimum tread depth for tires on all vehicles – including those with four-wheel drive – from an eighth of an inch to three-sixteenths of an inch. What this means is that going forward, all motorists are required to either have an all-wheel or four-wheel-drive vehicle, or snow tires or all-season tires with a mud/snow designation and if they do not, they must carry chain devices throughout winter. Variable message signs along I-70 as well as 511 traveler information and cotrip.org
will be used to notify motorists of when traction/chain law comes in effect. As always, residents are also encouraged to sign up for Eagle County Alerts at ecalert.org