CDOT prepares for morning commute after blizzard

Posted at 10:28 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 01:24:53-04

Plows are finally catching up after heavy snow and are working to prepare for the Thursday morning commute. CDOT will have a full contingent of plows out in the Denver metro area.

The major concern? Freezing overnight. 

Drivers will be working overnight and into the morning to clear roads and put down de-icing material. Plows will focus on interstates, main thoroughfares and ramps, according to a CDOT official. 

100 CDOT plows were out in the metro area Wednesday morning and 500 were hitting the roads statewide. It was difficult for plow drivers to keep up with snowfall rates topping two inches per hour during the height of the storm.

The Colorado National Guard assisted CDOT with rescuing stranded drivers. The guard sent 5 humvees and 10 troops to assist people on I-25 between Denver and Colorado Springs. Troops also helped with other rescues across the state.

CDOT's Executive Director, Shailen Bhatt, called the storm "pretty extraordinary" during a conference call with members of the media.

Drivers can view a real-time map showing where snowplows are at by clicking here.


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