E-470 is here for you before, during and after snowstorms.
Before it Snows
E-470 monitors the forecast with our weather information services, and we monitor road conditions with pavement sensors. Depending on the type of storm moving in, we pretreat the roadway with a salt solution, helping to prevent the formation of ice.
During a Snowstorm
E-470’s snow plow crews, our team monitoring road cameras and our roadside assistance team are all on duty during a storm to deploy snow plows and roadside assistance as needed to maintain the road condition and safety of all vehicles during storm events.
After it Snows
When the storm has passed, our work isn’t over. Snow plow crews continue to treat the road as needed to prevent freeze-back so we can continue to provide our customers with a safe and reliable driving experience.
Our Equipment and Preparation
Driver Safety Tips
Colorado is a beautiful place but the weather can change pretty quickly. Below are some helpful safety tips to keep in mind when hitting the road during snowy months.
Keep Your Vehicle in Good Driving Condition
Before driving, always brush all snow and ice off your vehicle. Keep washer fluid full and ensure your windshield is free of cracks. Maintain the proper tire pressure with at least 3mm of tire tread. Keep more than half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times. Keep cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, blankets, flashlight, medications, and a glass scraper.
Follow the “Move Over” Law
Under Colorado law, drivers must move over to the next lane, if they can safely do so, when approaching emergency, tow, maintenance, or public utility vehicles stopped on the roadway with flashing lights. Failure to do so could result in a $167 citation and three points against a driver’s license. On E-470, drivers who cannot move over safely for an E-470 snow plow or E-470 Roadside Assistance vehicle must immediately slow down by 20 MPH or more (at least to 55 MPH).
Give Snowplows Room to Work
When snowplows are in what’s called “echelon formation” ,or, arranged diagonally to remove snow from the roadway, do not pass them. It is a traffic offense if you pass a snowplow while it is displaying its lights and performing its service in this type of formation. If you find yourself behind a snowplow, slow down and give the plow a little extra room.
Use Safe Driving Practices
Do not overdrive or overcorrect your turns and do not use cruise control when there is precipitation on the roadway. It’s also important to slow down when approaching offramps, bridges, or shady spots.
Be Cautious of Sun Glare
In Colorado, there is plenty of sunshine even during snowy months, but the sun can be blinding after it snows. To help improve visibility, always have a pair of sunglasses handy and keep your windshield clean, both inside and out.
Know Your Brakes
Whether or not you have anti-lock brakes, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. Four-wheel and all-wheel vehicles do not stop or steer better on ice.
It’s Not a Race, Leave Space
Slow down and leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. And remember, the larger the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance.
Stay With Your Vehicle
In emergency situations, your vehicle can provide temporary shelter and help rescuers locate you. If stuck on the roadway during a severe snowstorm, do not leave your vehicle for safety purposes.
E-470 Roadside Assistance provides help and services to motorists across free of charge, 24/7. Call (303) 537-3400.Learn More
E-470 is a 75-mile-per-hour all-electronic toll road that forms a 47-mile semi-circular beltway around the eastern perimeter of the Denver metro area.Learn More