COLORADO SPRINGS - The Colorado Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday that for nearly a week surrounding the solar eclipse there will be a restriction in place for oversize/overweight vehicles.
Starting August 17 until August 23, officers will be monitoring travel between Kansas and Utah.
The decision was made by CDOT because it expects heavy traffic for the eclipse.
"We are treating the weekend and days leading up to and following the eclipse as we would a holiday weekend," a spokesperson with CDOT told KRDO NewsChannel 13. "We are hoping to make the roads as safe and distraction free as possible. Not only can those loads cause a distraction on roadways when motorists aren't paying attention, they can also slow traffic. We want to ensure folks get to the destination they choose to watch the eclipse safely and in a timely manner."
This restriction does NOT apply to:
- Permitted LVC combinations;
- Permitted vehicles that are overweight ONLY and are able capable of maintaining a minimum speed of 40 mph on a flat grade. (This includes such permit types as Non-Interstate Overweight Divisible load and Annual Overweight permits.);
- Oversize/Overweight permitted loads where the width of the vehicle/load does not exceed 14’, between the hours of10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday August 18, 2017 through Sunday August 20, 2017. Vehicles must meet all lighting requirements as directed in 2 CCR 601-4;
- Permitted OSOW vehicles operating on non-interstate state highways solely within the boundaries of a local municipality. Operation on local roadways requires the authorization of the local jurisdiction.