“It’s going to be a disaster,” speculates a commentator under a Facebook post that features a viral article from a major Denver media company that describes a route as a “secret and dangerous shortcut around I-70” in the middle detours linked to mudslides on the road.
Editor’s Note: Due to serious travel and safety issues posed by traffic on these backcountry roads, we will not link to the mentioned article and we will not include the name of other roads in the backcountry causing problems with I-70. Use the official detour!
According to the article, “locals are calling [the pass] a lifeline, “with parts of the road unpaved, other fairly narrow sections, and many steep and dangerous descents. According to a representative from Eagle County Roads and Bridges, the pass has already been removed from Google Maps and Apple Maps as an option for through traffic.
The article on the route has since been picked up by several national media sources, including Yahoo, raising awareness of the dangerous detour. Many online readers have expressed concern that advertising the route may lead to traffic problems, as well as making the route difficult for locals to use in everyday life.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office did not appear to have a problem with the article, sharing it on their Twitter without comment.
Meanwhile, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office made a desperate Twitter appeal for travelers to stick to Highway 13 through Kremmling as a detour to I-70, reminding the public that this is the “ONLY” official alternative route. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office recall came after another mountain pass was forced to close due to a broken down vehicle.
With the I-70 through Glenwood Canyon closed for the foreseeable future, many travelers are looking for shortcuts that might help them avoid a four-hour detour recommended by the Colorado Department of Transportation. That being said, as many Colorado residents already know, just because a mountain road can be found on a map doesn’t mean that it is passable by all vehicles. It should also be noted that many of these mountain roads cannot handle a lot of traffic well.
Travelers are advised to avoid taking any possible detour outside of that recommended by the Colorado Department of Transportation. This detour uses the Colorado 13, Colorado 40 and Colorado 9, passing through Meeker, Steamboat Springs and Kremmling.
For visitors to Colorado and other travelers, while back roads may seem like a feasible option on Google Maps, many of these back roads are unmaintained and may require serious driving ability, as well as the right vehicle for the job. work. In addition to the complications posed by the terrain, cell reception is quite limited in many of these mountainous areas. This can make it difficult to find help if needed. On top of that, getting tow on these roads can be quite tricky and many are very narrow which means that a breakdown can block traffic.
Stay on the sidewalk when looking for a detour if you don’t know where you are heading.
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