I have a confession to make: I use the asshole lane. What's that? Well, when a sign announces that, for example, the left lane ends in 1,000 feet, drivers are supposed to immediately move right. But especially when traffic is backed up, I stay in the other lane until just about the point when it dis ... More >>
Before the ball drops tonight, the cops could get a drop on you: Once again, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol have teamed up with 76 law-enforcement agencies throughout Colorado to increase DUI enforcement through Thursday, January 2. During last year's New Yea ... More >>
"We have received quite a few inquiries about this, and NO, US 36 is NOT open to through traffic of any kind!" declares a post on the Colorado Department of Transportation Facebook page -- and newly shared photos of repair work on the stretch of the highway between Lyons and Estes Park shows why. Th ... More >>
Last week's feature on Jenny Kush, a cannabis activist killed by a drunk driver, brought to light just one of the 1,342 impaired-driving arrests in Colorado made over a nineteen-day period around Labor Day weekend. Figuring out how many people are caught driving stoned is especially important here, ... More >>
On the left side of the image above is a shot of the US 34 bypass east of Greeley before the incredible flooding that swamped much of Colorado. To the right is a shot of the damage done by the rushing waters, and no surprise: According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, which shared the p ... More >>
Update, 11:00, 9/14/13: Just got confirmation that tonight's show featuring Euforquestra, Mountain Standard Time and Papagoya has also been canceled. Poudre Canyon Highway is still closed, and there's no word on when it will reopen. The folks at the Mish are working to schedule a make-up date for th ... More >>
Update:Last night, the President of the United States officially approved federal disaster assistance in regard to flooding in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties. But for the friends, family and loved ones of Wesley Quinlan, a Boulder teen feared dead, this significant step pales in comparison to ... More >>
During the "Heat is On" Labor Day enforcement period, the Colorado Department of Transportation reports 1,342 DUI arrests and nine fatalities thought to be alcohol-related. These numbers represent a reduction from last year -- and a CDOT spokeswoman thinks one factor might be "interactive urinal co ... More >>
For years, a driver with a single companion could use high-occupancy-vehicle lanes on Interstate 25 without having to pay for the privilege. It was the Colorado Department of Transportation's way of thanking them for pairing up rather than taking separate cars. But those days are ending. A few year ... More >>
We've all experienced the excitement of hitting the road for a much-deserved trip into the high country, followed swiftly by the disappointment of getting stuck in a traffic jam as a result of endless construction delays. To help drivers avoid such nightmares, the Colorado Department of Transportati ... More >>
Building and moving a bridge into place at Interstate 70 and Pecos was an incredibly time-consuming task. But that doesn't mean watching it happen will take all day. The Colorado Department of Transportation, which tackled this enormous undertaking, has created time-lapse videos showing the bridge' ... More >>
As longtime Coloradans know, the day after a storm is often as challenging from a driving perspective, if not more so, than when the snow is actually falling, because some people insist on believing that everything is back to normal even when road conditions are still deceptively crappy. With that i ... More >>
What qualifies as a blown forecast? Last month, no local weather pros foresaw a snowpacalypse for March 12 -- and when one developed, 9News staffers pelted good sport Marty Coniglio with snowballs. Cut to the past few days, when prognosticators predicted that morning rush would look like the graphic ... More >>
Each year, we're reminded that April is one of the snowiest months in Colorado, and each year, we're still surprised when lovely, temperate days are followed by big dumps o' white stuff like the one that slammed the state yesterday. A bad thing? Hell no. The gallery of photos below demonstrate the ... More >>
Forecasters throughout the city spent much of yesterday readying Denverites for Snowpacalyse, Snowmagedon, Snowcastrophe, Snowlocaust -- hence, a rash of school closures announced last night rather than this morning. Yet thus far, in the metro area at least, the massive snow totals we were led to ex ... More >>
Denver blog posts take the high road...usually. Denver Egotist shares a new Colorado Department of Transportation campaign that warns motorcyclists, "If you've ever straddled a fencepost and said, 'Let's ride,' you definitely want to find a lift." Ed is Watching chronicles the Douglas County Schoo ... More >>
Getting a DUI is expensive. Dan Beeck, who owns one of Colorado's biggest private probation companies, had that in mind when he started providing often-required alcohol education classes and therapy for cut-rate prices. But as explained in our cover story, "Blow Back," not everyone was thrilled with ... More >>
Don Hunt may be the hardest-working man at the State Capitol -- and that's saying a lot as the legislature heads into its final week. The head of the Department of Transportation helped pull the plug on a Beltway Authority proposal -- and now he could bury a feud that divided north Denver fifty year ... More >>
Despite the efforts of Governor John Hickenlooper and Don Hunt, the head of the Colorado Department of Transportation, the negotiations with Golden, Jefferson County and the group that would build the Jefferson Parkway wound up going nowhere...fast. In mid-December, Golden outlined a $57 million tra ... More >>
Last Friday morning, metro area highways were almost as crowded as a Republican presidential debate when supporters of Ron Paul unfurled banners, slowing traffic along the routes. And although the Colorado Department of Transportation says such advertisements are against the law, Paul propone ... More >>
The subject of driving under the influence of marijuana has been much debated in these parts. A bill to set a THC driving limit was shelved in May, shortly before an HDNet report demonstrated pot-related driving impairment -- and in August, the Colorado Department of Transportation launched a drugge ... More >>
It's not quite a wrap, but when the Bureau of Land Management announced that it had approved Christo's "Over the River," the art installation proposed for a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado cleared yet another hurdle.
FlickrThe Colorado Department of Transportation has approved police "pace-cars" for Sundays in January to improve the flow of ski traffic on I-70. Let's forget the logistics and the arguments about whether a police car driving at a steady rate while flashing its light will actually "harmonize ... More >>
Update:On August 9, the Westminster Police Department manned a "DRUG ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT" on I-25. Last week, WPD Investigator Trevor Materasso confirmed the operation, but didn't have many details. Now, however, he's able to provide the specifics. Officers issued tickets or made arrests i ... More >>
The Fourth of July holiday is the official start of the weekend warrior/mountain madness season. Considering all of the inherent recreation dangers possible, the Colorado Department of Transportation should place signs on state highways to warn residents and visitors about the hazards of hav ... More >>
Tweet Psych uses keyword algorithms to create psychological profiles of anyone with a Twitter account. Lady Gaga, for example, evidently tweets about sex 681% more than the average person. We have our doubts as to the usefulness of this thing beyond gimmickry, but what a fun gimmick it is. J ... More >>
Watch local TV news and you'd be under the impression that snowplows are everywhere this morning -- but I sure as hell can't confirm it. I left my home in the Ken-Caryl Ranch area at 5:15 a.m. this morning, and by the time I slid into the parking lot at Westword's 969 Broadway HQ at 6:05 a.m. ... More >>
Full comic below.For wildlife, Interstate 70 is the forage-lined kill zone that bisects Colorado. Last June, the ARC-International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition invited architects, engineers and ecologists to create the next generation of animal overpass for the top of W ... More >>
An international competition to design a special wildlife bridge for West Vail Pass has announced five finalists for the $40,000 grand prize -- two teams from New York and one each from Toronto, Philadelphia and Amsterdam. But local bridge builders shouldn't call foul. Each team is required ... More >>
White-lined lane arrows point to high design. The 20th Street bridge connects the ultra-hip Highland neighborhood directly to the Denver Skate Park. Every street sign between Central and Little Raven Streets has become a canvas for the pedestrian designers who seem to be sending secret messag ... More >>
People who drive cars are morons. Just ask the Colorado Department of Transportation.
There were a lot of new iPhones opened on Christmas Day, and that was a big present for the Colorado Department of Transportation, which created its own iPhone application in November to help people measure whether they are too drunk to drive.
To spread the word about the new ban on texting while driving, the Colorado Department of Transportation held a contest that encouraged high schoolers to create put-down-your-damn-cellphone public-service announcements. And surprise, surprise: While several of the runner-up entries on view below u ... More >>
A photo from the StimulusColorado.org website. StimulusColorado.org, a new website co-sponsored by Associated General Contractors of Colorado, the Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors, Colorado Contractors Association, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Denver ... More >>
Eighty Latinos died in traffic accidents in Colorado in 2008, or roughly one quarter of the total number of people who were killed in car crashes. Of the eighty, 59 were unbuckled. So it made sense for the Colorado Department of Transportation to -- for the first time ever -- run a TV advertise ... More >>
Taking a walk on the wild side.
"Currents and Eddies"
There's no safety in numbers for SUVs.
A public service announcement from Westword...