DENVER (Jan. 7, 2016) — The Colorado legislature is set to reconsider the issue of whether motorists on a mountainous portion of Interstate 70 should be required to have either tire chains or snow tires in hazardous weather.
The state's Transportation Legislation Review Committee (TLRC) recommended the revised snow tire bill for introduction Nov. 2. Reps. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat, and Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, plan to introduce the bill in January, when the legislature convenes.
Under the provisions of the draft bill, the Colorado Department of Transportation would have the authority to close any portion of a state highway during winter to all vehicles except:
- Vehicles equipped with tire chains or other traction control devices;
- Four-wheel-drive vehicles with tire tread depths of 4/32 inch or higher; or
- Vehicles equipped with tires that bear the mountain-snowflake (M/S or M+S) symbol and have tread depths of 4/32 inch or higher.