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Old 08-01-2021, 09:35 AM   #1
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I70 Eastbound

Is anyone aware if I70 has reopened in Colorado? We are leaving Utah tomorrow and heading east. Seems to be the best route, but I have never driven it before.
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Old 08-01-2021, 09:45 AM   #2
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I've been that route once, never again. Lots of up & down. that was only I 15 to the 191.
Then again we are in a gasser.
Just my experience. You might look into Mountain Directory West on amazon. great book for grade %
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According to the CODOT, I70 is still closed.

https://www.codot.gov/news/2021/july...ational-update

https://cotrip.org/map.htm#/default

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Really only thing to do is check with CDOT - they will tell you what you need to Know,

If you need to drive around it is an Honest 200 miles to get to Craig and RT 40 addition to your plans - but the good thing is the drive is an Interesting drive and I would recommend it if you have never been, as it is just some pretty neat country.

The RT 50 drive is really only open on the weekends so for the most part you are just between very limited options.

Best of luck,
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Is anyone aware if I70 has reopened in Colorado? We are leaving Utah tomorrow and heading east. Seems to be the best route, but I have never driven it before.
You donít say what your destination east is, but unless you are going way south I would avoid I70 over the mountain and through the Eisenhower pass. It is not many more miles to go up 15 towards SLC.

Then you have two choices. I15 to I215 connect with I 80 and climb the one big hill. People act like itís some big huge obstacle, but it is just a long slow climb. Wide open with lots of lanes and many pull offs.
Or, and this is my choice with a motorhome. Get off 15 at Provo and go up through the canyon on US 189 till it hits US 40. The canyon road is new and good shape. Once up to Heber it flattens out.

If you are trying to get back down to I70 for something in Kansas, Nebraska, KC or Missouri there are any number of good US highways that are flat and straight and run at angles across the states.

To take 70 from 15 to get to Denver is probably a 2 day drive. Last time I went over was in a semi. I loaded in junction city and it took me 11 hours to get to the first truck stop in Denver. With a motorhome I probably could climb a little better but wouldnít make any difference because all the other traffic is climbing so slow. Itís almost impossible to change lanes as the cars in the left lane are going so much faster than the slow traffic. Sure you can out pull the semis but how do you get in that lane with fast moving cars. Itís 500 miles from sulferdale to Aurora. Long day towing in the mountains.

Give me your eastern destination and this old trucker will give you a way from I80 down.
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