House Committee Approves Robert’s Bill to Update Winter Mountain Driving Requirements

(Mar 5) – The House Transportation and Local Government committee gave approval today to a bill sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts to increase safety and efficiency on our roads by updating and revising language in statutes for motor vehicles driving the I-70 mountain corridor.  

“Many drivers are not prepared for the winter driving conditions on I-70 and that leads to crashes, spin-outs, and closures along the I-70 mountain corridor,” said Rep. Roberts, D-Avon. “Closures on I-70 have dramatic impacts to traffic and the economy on the Western Slope and across Colorado.”

HB19-1207 updates current statutes to reflect modern traction technology and traction options. It sets minimum standards for tires being used in the winter in the mountain corridor. It also defines the I-70 mountain corridor by mileposts and sets out clear standards for the timeframe for traction equipments requirements. The heightened traction standards would be in effect from September 1 through May 31 of each year and apply to travel between milepost 133 (Dotsero) and milepost 259 (Morrison).

HB19-1207 passed through committee with a bipartisan vote of 9-2 and now heads to the House floor.

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