New I-70 traffic channel launched |

New I-70 traffic channel launched

Lory PounderSummit County correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY Instead of sitting in hours of traffic, drivers headed to Denver can now avoid the headaches and hang out while the weather and cars clear.Friday, officials launched SCTV-22, a Comcast cable channel dedicated to road, traffic and weather conditions along Interstate 70 from Vail to Denver.”Travelers will get real-time information about what’s happening on I-70 before they even leave the driveway,” Tim Gagen, Summit County Telecommunications Consortium (SCTC) president and Breckenridge Town Manager, said in a press release. “With this new channel, no one will have to be caught by surprise in a sea of taillights crawling toward the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnels.”Some of the programming will include the following. Live feeds from the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) I-70 corridor cameras 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Detailed daily weather forecasts and three-day forecasts from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and National Weather Service. Outdoor temperature (measured in downtown Breckenridge) and Mountain Standard Time. Local news-and-events crawl at the bottom of the screen.And, coming soon, estimated travel times and satellite and radar maps every 30 minutes at the top and bottom of each hour.SCTC member and Frisco Town Manager Michael Penny said in the press release, “We’re really proud and excited to offer this service to all our visitors and locals. When they’re planning their drives, they’ll have all the information they need at the touch of a remote-control button.”

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