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Colorado DOT Unveils Truck Safety Program for Mountainous Driving.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently launched a safety program geared toward truckers who travel over mountainous terrain.

The Mountain Rules, launched in August 2019, is a safety initiative meant to educate trucking companies and drivers about the challenges of driving through mountainous areas. The program is a partnership among CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, and driver alert providers PrePass Safety Alliance and Drivewyze.

CDOT established the partnership after recent runaway truck incidents resulted in fatalities. Colorado's high elevation, topography, and severe weather can present challenges for drivers, especially those maneuvering trucks. Long and heavy vehicles moving along a mountain corridor can sometimes experience brake failure.

The Mountain Rules will involve infrastructure and operational improvements, including signage displaying brake check locations along a portion of eastbound 1-70, the primary east-west route in Colorado. CDOT will restripe an exit ramp at the Genesee Park interchange off 1-70 and turn the space into a short-term truck parking area so that drivers can allow their overheated brakes to cool and also perform equipment checks before entering the Denver area.

The program also will create a subscription-based, in-cab alert system that will warn truckers about specific areas where there are steep grades and provide locations for brake check areas and runaway truck ramps. Runaway truck ramps alongside highways are meant to give drivers a place to slow down when a vehicle loses its brakes while traveling downhill at a high speed. The Mountain Rules will gather information on the feasibility of new ramps and measures to mitigate runaway trucks.

The initial pilot for the program will take place on the 1-70 Mountain Corridor, which stretches between Glenwood Springs and the Denver metropolitan area. CDOT plans to expand the program to other mountainous locations.

Source: CDOT.

Caption: CDOT will implement the pilot program for the Mountain Rules on 1-70.

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Title Annotation:ALONG THE ROAD
Publication:Public Roads
Geographic Code:1U8CO
Date:Sep 22, 2019
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