The Colorado Department of Transportation is conducting a public meeting at the Winter Park Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, regarding information about the upcoming avalanche control pilot project for U.S. 40 over Berthoud Pass.
CDOT is partnering with local agencies as part of the upcoming project including: Clear Creek County, Grand County, the Town of Winter Park, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and Winter Park Resort.
During the meeting, members of the public will be able to learn and discuss how CDOT currently mitigates for avalanches and the safety protocol that is followed, learn about automated avalanche systems, discuss the perceived pros and cons of an automated avalanche system pilot project on U.S. 40 over Berthoud Pass, and provide input about safety protocols to be used during the pilot project.
"During the pilot project, CDOT will be looking to improve the safety, reliability, and predictability of avalanche mitigation on U.S. 40 over Berthoud Pass by investigating the viability of an automated avalanche system," said CDOT Project Manager Peter Kozinski. "The system will use devices installed along known avalanche paths to proactively trigger and control avalanches as opposed to the current mitigation technique, which requires using fired ground munitions or those dropped by helicopters to reactively trigger and control avalanches."
"We highly encourage the public to attend and participate in this meeting," Kozinski said. "For those who can't attend the meeting, comments and questions can be sent to me at US40AvalanchePilot@state.co.us."