Colorado DOT to Study Feasibility of Trucking Hazmats Through I-70 Tunnel

Gov. Jared Polis has signed bill SB19-032 into law. It requires CDOT to conduct the study of allowing transportation of hazardous materials through the Eisenhower-Edwin C. Johnson Memorial Tunnel.

Trucks carrying hazardous materials are not allowed to travel through the Eisenhower-Edwin C. Johnson Memorial Tunnel and must use Loveland Pass (US 6), by all accounts a hair-raising route. During the winter, when adverse weather frequently closes the pass, hazmat vehicles may travel through the tunnel, but for safety reasons the Colorado Department of Transportation doesn't allow hazmats to travel through the tunnel with other vehicles, so CDOT escorts waiting hazmat loads through the tunnel and closes it to other traffic at those times. But a bill signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis may change that.

Located about 60 miles west of Denver, the tunnel on Interstate 70 is the highest vehicular tunnel in the world, traversing through the Continental Divide at an average elevation of 11,112 feet, according to CDOT.

Signed into law by Polis on April 9, Bill SB19-032 requires CDOT to conduct a feasibility study on allowing regular transportation of hazmats through the tunnel. By the end of 2020, the agency is to complete the study and prepare a report on the findings and recommendations as to whether and under what conditions the transportation of hazardous materials through the tunnel should be allowed. The bill directs CDOT to solicit input from representatives of specified counties, towns, communities, ski resorts, industries, organizations, and emergency services providers and from the state Department of Public Safety, including representatives of that agency's Division of Fire Prevention and Control and the Colorado State Patrol, regarding the scope of the study.

Speaking to Steamboat Pilot&Today in February 2019, Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carriers Associationdescribed Loveland Pass as one of the most hazardous roads in America, especially in winter months for truckers.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Everything You Need to Know about Incident investigations

    Need some tips for conducting an incident investigation at work after there’s been an occupational injury or illness, or maybe even a near miss? This guide presents a comprehensive overview of methods of performing incident investigations to lead you through your next steps.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2020

    November December 2020


      Managing Cold Stress
      Providing Training for Fall Protection
      Eight Tips for Hearing Testing Day
      Incorporating COVID-19 Protections into Safety Programs
    View This Issue