In preparation for the possibility of winter road closures on Interstate 70, officers from the Vail Police Department will be greeting motorists in the East Vail neighborhood on Monday, Oct. 26 to help distribute vehicle access placards issued by the department. The free placards help improve access to East Vail neighborhoods during I-70 closures and are available to all requesting households. The distribution will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday at the parking lot on Bighorn Road just east of I-70. The bright yellow placards are also available from the Vail Police records desk, 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 for immediate access to their neighborhood. All remaining traffic will be directed to park in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures as well as Ford Park until I-70 is reopened.
In addition to Monday’s placard distribution, officers will be available to answer questions about a new travel restriction that will be implemented by the Colorado Department of Transportation this winter. The restriction requires passenger vehicles to have snow tires, all-weather tires or chains when a “Code 15” is implemented. Variable message signs along I-70 will be used to notify motorists of the Code 15 as well as 511 traveler information and cotrip.org.
For more information, contact Officer Jeff Campbell with Vail Police Department Code Enforcement at 970-306-9602.