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COLORADO ROAD CONDITION: First winter weather of short-term employee CDOT testing season

DENVER (KDVR) – This weekend’s winter storms are the latest challenge for the Colorado Department of Transportation, which is dealing with staff shortages like many employers around the country.

“This is the first major wall crest we have encountered, with many passing storms,” said Jared Field of CDOT.

Winter weather to the end of this year compared to last year.

“Mother Nature is a little more beautiful to us than we were in the past but she is making up for that now,” says Fiel.

It was an opportunity for crews to stay on the road and, in some cases, close the road in the mountains.

“We implement closures in areas where we know we can safely pull people out and let them be safe in a warm environment,” said Fiel.

Fiel said the department does what it can to make sure road workers are where they need to be to keep roads passable for motorists.

“We sent that man out to the closing points so we make sure people don’t go through because we have a lot of stupidity that tends to happen,” says Fiel.

The department is working with fewer employees this year, due to labor shortages in industries around the country.

“We typically run around 7 to 8% open rates,” says Fiel. “We’re at double that now, 15 to 20 percent.”

CDOT told FOX31 despite that shortfall, work on the road will still be completed.

“The impact on the driver is completely invisible,” says Fiel.

The mountain lanes on Interstate 70 will stay open through next Sunday, allowing more drivers to be on the road all week.

Part of the interstate will be closed on Mondays to minimize avalanches.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/1st-winter-weather-of-the-season-tests-short-staffed-cdot/ COLORADO ROAD CONDITION: First winter weather of short-term employee CDOT testing season

JACLYN DIAZ

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