Food Drives, Driving Conditions
Neighbors Help Re-Stock Pantries
With the colder months just around the corner, local food banks need to be replenished. To that end, the Neighbors to Neighbors Food Drive is underway today in Leadville Today and throughout the month of October.
This year marks #15 for organizer Mabel Bogeart who coordinates the local food drive every October to replenish local food reserves. The efforts will benefit the food reserves at the Leadville Senior Center, St. George Church, First Presbyterian Church of Leadville, and Holy Family Catholic Parish.
Bogeart said that the reason she started the food drive years ago was that she noticed that youth organizations that used to require kids to provide community service through food drives, we’re no longer collecting donations.
“Years ago, when everyone was losing their jobs, there was a big hit to Leadville’s food banks. Nothing was coming in and everything was going out,” explained Bogeart. So she took it upon herself, with some help from various community members over the years, to make sure that the food banks remain stocked.
Bogeart has kept the food drive alive ever since then, pretty much as a one-woman show, but it’s also the generosity of the community that really shines through. Here’s how you can help: Food donation boxes will be at Safeway, Twin Lakes Inn, Pueblo Bank & Trust, Community Banks of Colorado and Saturdays. Money jars will be located at all three Banks in town along with Stop-n-Go on Mt View Drive, The Elks Lodge and Saturdays. The food bank drive runs from October 1 – 31.
“Remember, what you give, comes back to you,” says Bogeart. Those interested in donating directly may also contact Mabel Bogeart at firstname.lastname@example.org. or 719-486-0259.
CDOT Updates, Closures
I-70 Closed Due to Tractor-Trailer Crash
Interstate 70 is expected to be closed in both directions between US 6 Loveland Pass (Exit 216) and Silverthorne (Exit 205) through much of today, October 6, 2021. Eastbound and westbound lanes will continue to be closed, including the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnels, due to a tractor-trailer crash and cleanup. Motorists should expect delays. Traffic is detoured on US 6 Loveland Pass.
A tractor trailer crashed and caught fire late last night. The crash occurred on a westbound I-70 bridge just east of Silverthorne. CDOT crews are clearing the debris and assessing the damage for repairs. CDOT is keeping the eastbound side closed as a safety precaution due to the visibility and sensitivity of crash clean-up on the westbound side. Delays will get longer through the day. Information will be updated on COtrip.org and CDOT’s social media platforms.
Glenwood Canyon Closure Tomorrow: Thursday, Oct. 7
The Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project, weather permitting, will implement an overnight closure of eastbound I-70 on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.on Friday, Oct. 8. Westbound traffic will not be affected. This work is critical to complete the paving of a temporary lane in the eastbound median in order to shift traffic so work can continue on the reconstruction of the retaining wall.
The eastbound closure point will be Exit 116/Glenwood Springs. Previously planned nighttime closures for eastbound traffic have been successful in allowing crews to carry out this work as safely as possible. CDOT appreciates your patience during these closures.
CDOT Launches New Mobile App
The Colorado Department of Transportation launched a new, easy-to-use COtrip.org website on Sept. 29 that features a new 511 map that will allow drivers to safely navigate Colorado roads. While motorists have been using COtrip.org for nearly two decades, this updated website will offer new features that will help travelers plan their route ahead of time, and be prepared for road or lane closures or adverse road conditions.
“This is an exciting time for our agency,” said Bob Fifer, CDOT’s branch manager of the Intelligent Transportation Systems & Network Services. “We are evolving legacy systems to better serve the traveling public. The new website brings more of our transportation technologies into one lense, improving the customer experience. We added several new features, while reducing system maintenance costs. Now, travelers can customize routes from point A to point B to see if their trip may be impacted by any road or lane closures. Motorists will have an easier time identifying road closures, road conditions and construction impacts, all while replacing outdated technologies.”
The new website incorporates the following new features:
Traveler Information & Layers
The COtrip website is powered by a dynamic Google Map™. Motorists can use the map as they would any Google map and click on the icons for more information. Icons are displayed on the map by checking or unchecking the boxes in the layers toolbar. Layers available and what data they provide are described here.
- Trucker’s Layers – The new Trucker Mode features resources specific to commercial motor vehicle operators, including the following layers defined here.
- My COtrip & Travel Alerts – Motorists can log-in in or sign up here for their own COtrip account to subscribe and manage their travel alerts. They can also save their favorite routes and cameras, and customize their travel preferences.
- COtrip on Social Media – COtrip traveler information is automatically posted to the @ColoradoDOT Twitter feed. New roadway hashtags and Twitter threads were rolled out in Spring 2021, making it easier for users to track and stay updated on closures and incidents from CDOT. Follow @ColoradoDOT on Twitter for real-time travel information and road conditions.
- 511 Telephone Service – The 511 telephone service is an interactive, voice-activated traffic information system motorists can access by calling 511 (within Colorado) or 1-800-288-1047 (nationwide). This system has not changed, and will continue to provide a real-time option for travelers to get road conditions and traffic information. Learn more about 511 and how to use this service here.
“The updated website will be a great new tool for the public, however, we also wanted to bring the same information to your mobile device. ” said Fifer. “With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that we are also launching a brand new mobile app on Oct. 1. Now travelers will be conveniently informed no matter where they go. We are committed to continuously improving access to highway information and technologies.”
CDOT Rural Paving Project in Leadville
Details on the New App Roll-Out
The new COtrip Planner mobile app was designed to meet the growing trend of information on mobile and tablet devices for the traveling public. The COtrip Planner app provides statewide, real-time traffic information, and works on smartphones and tablets that operate on iOS and Android platforms. Download the app in the Apple Store or Google Play Store starting on Oct. 1.
The app will be fully implemented in three phases
Phase 1: Oct. 1
Traveler app with hands-free, eyes free functionality with customized CDOT layers now available
Phase 2: Fall 2021
Winter-specific layers including weather warnings, weather stations, plow tracker with CDOT snowplow contest names, and Express Lanes
Phase 3: Winter 2021/2022
My COtrip accounts integrated and new map search functionality, including event and camera clustering, predefined routes/areas, and adding an electronic sign layer
Social sharing of cameras and road conditions will also be available
Turn-by-turn directions and recommended routes to user mapping app (Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze)
Alert banners and push notifications
Rockfall and wildlife reporting
The COtrip Planner app also includes a feature called TellMe, which enables app users to be hands-free on their route. TellMe detects the user’s current location, speed and direction of travel to announce upcoming road conditions and traffic incidents as they travel along their route.
“We want Coloradans and visitors to our great state to have all of the information they need to plan a safe trip, no matter where they go on our state highways and interstates,” said Fifer. “We hope all drivers will take advantage of the website and mobile app before getting into their vehicles for a safe and more convenient trip as both tools will help to eliminate any ‘surprises’ on the roadway.”