Colorado DOT unveils trucker safety program

"The Mountain Rules" is a safety-focused effort to inform and educate trucking companies and drivers on the challenges of driving in Colorado mountains

August 21, 2019
Trucks on I-70 in Colorado; Trucking safety program in Colorado
Trucks backed up on I-70 in Colorado. Image courtesy Colorado DOT.

The Colorado DOT (CDOT) is partnering with the Colorado State Patrol and other agencies in order to help enhance safety for truckers traveling through the state’s mountainous areas.

According to CDOT, The Mountain Rules is a comprehensive, strategic, and safety-focused effort to inform and educate in-state and interstate trucking companies and drivers on the challenges of driving in Colorado’s mountains. It includes information on potential hazards, and a consistent reminder on the need to be slow, steady, and safe for the long haul.

“It’s no secret that our mountains create immense challenges for semi-truck drivers,” CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew said in a news release. “The Mountain Rules has a simple mission—get everyone home safely—and this campaign, which supports CDOT’s Whole Safety – Whole System initiative, is a major step towards achieving that goal.”

In addition to an educational effort, The Mountain Rules consists of infrastructure and informational improvements, including: 

  • Signing eastbound I-70 and all eastbound chain stations, east of the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnels, with information on the brake check locations for truckers. 
  • Restriping the wide eastbound exit ramp at the Genesee Park Interchange into a more-defined short-term truck parking area where overheated brakes can cool down and equipment checks can take place prior to the final descent into the Golden area.   
  • A new subscription-based, in-cab alert system, warning truck drivers about specific areas where brake failures could occur, and the location of brake check and runaway truck ramps.
  • Information gathering on the feasibility of a new ramp and other measures to mitigate runaway trucks, such as geometric and signage improvements to the existing Mount Vernon Canyon Truck Runaway Ramp.

The I-70 Mountain Corridor will be the initial pilot for The Mountain Rules. CDOT then will expand the program to other mountainous locations. 

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SOURCE: Colorado DOT

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