Bustang runs halted due to snowstorm
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
The Colorado Department of Transportation canceled Friday evening and Saturday morning runs of its Bustang service along Interstate 70 between Denver and Glenwood Springs because of the weather.
Friday evening’s Bustang Route 700 was canceled from Denver to Glenwood Springs, meaning there were no pick-ups at Denver Union Station or the Denver Federal Center, according to a CDOT statement issued Friday afternoon.
This morning’s Route 701 from Glenwood Springs to Denver also was canceled.
The service cancellation was due to the adverse conditions from a major spring snowstorm in the high country and along the Front Range, and current and potential closures of I-70 over the next 24 to 48 hours.
Forecasters said central Colorado mountains could get as much as 4 feet of snow and Denver could get a foot. The forecast for Glenwood Springs is mainly for rain, with snow forecast to accumulate east of the Glenwood Canyon.
Bustang service for the remainder of the weekend is “to be determined,” CDOT Communications Manager Bob Wilson said, based on road and weather conditions.
One other line that could be impacted by the weather is the late Sunday afternoon run from Union Station to Fort Collins, Wilson said.
Motorists also are advised to be prepared for poor driving conditions due to the heavy, wet nature of the storm, and as rain turns to snow the roads will become snow-packed and visibility could be compromised.
“The traveling public should be warned that highway closures are likely during this period due to heavy snowfall and unsafe road conditions,” CDOT’s I-70 Corridor Manager Patrick Chavez said.
“These closures are done for the safety of travelers and to allow maintenance crews time to plow and treat the roads in order to return them to a safe condition that will allow travelers to reach their destinations safely,” he said.
The state’s traction law is in effect during the storm, meaning motorists are required to have snow tires, four-wheel drive or tires with mud-snow designation. All tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread.