What Do You Do When You See A Road Closed Sign?

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Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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What do you do when the Interstate 80 is closed and you are trying to get to I-25? Find another way to get to I-25. Now, what do you do when driving on a county road, you encounter a sign that says road closed in 500 feet?

1) Keep going, because there is no way you are getting turned around, and you do not want to get stuck for the second day in a row. 2) Turn around. 3) STOP! Wait it out. 4) None of the above.

I chose the first one. I made it to I-25 by driving VERY SLOWLY. Cheyenne, on Thursday sucked. ALL of the truck stops were filled.

Dave

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Tesserae's Comment
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4. Set the brakes, get a flashlight if its dark and hoof it 500 feet to scope it out?

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Sign says road closed....you shut it down. Simple as that. Once that sign goes up it becomes against the law to proceed any further even if its in the middle of the road cause the shoulders are snow covered and you can't see the edge of the road.

Luckily enough you got through. Just be glad cops did not see you.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Sign says road closed....you shut it down. Simple as that. Once that sign goes up it becomes against the law to proceed any further even if its in the middle of the road cause the shoulders are snow covered and you can't see the edge of the road.

Luckily enough you got through. Just be glad cops did not see you.

Believe it or NOT, they did. Here's the weird part. They drove past me, with their flashers on, stopped, turned around and went back where they came from.

I thought that was weird. I think he went back down the road to block it off completely. I was going to stop and chain up, then I saw a Dodge Caravan coming from the other direction, and thought it must NOT be as bad as I thought.

Luckily I was driving slow and saw the difference in snow texture between the road and the sides of the road. If I had to it again, I would just stay on the main road, and avoid the "short cut."

Dave

crazy rebel's Comment
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Some cops will ignore ya but they are waiting for the call of there is a truck driver stuck at so and so,and its do to ya ignoring the sign well remember when I said ya won't get a ticket for being stuck?here's the loop hole to that if there's a rd closed sign and ya go on and get stuck,I hope ya get a better pay rate than I BC they are costly.just ga alone for ignoring a rd sign is 200+ bux.and that's a no trucks sign.yes I did get dumb.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Some cops will ignore ya but they are waiting for the call of there is a truck driver stuck at so and so,and its do to ya ignoring the sign well remember when I said ya won't get a ticket for being stuck?here's the loop hole to that if there's a rd closed sign and ya go on and get stuck,I hope ya get a better pay rate than I BC they are costly.just ga alone for ignoring a rd sign is 200+ bux.and that's a no trucks sign.yes I did get dumb.

Well there was no way I was going to turn around. It kind of sucks trying to get out of Cheyenne, and have to take an alternate route, do to an interstate closure. BTW, there was a couple of cars stuck in a ditch along the way. They must have f lt a need for speed or something.

Dave

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Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Starcar's Comment
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We would have never taken an alternate, if the interstate was closed. The thinking behind this decision would be that if they couldn't keep the interstate clean, then the alternate, smaller roads would not be clear either. I'm glad you made it, tho.... God takes care of fools and children !!!!smile.gif

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Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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We would have never taken an alternate, if the interstate was closed. The thinking behind this decision would be that if they couldn't keep the interstate clean, then the alternate, smaller roads would not be clear either. I'm glad you made it, tho.... God takes care of fools and children !!!!smile.gif

Well, with the truck stops full to overflowing, I figured I take my chances on getting on a road south. That was the problem. From Exit 364 west, which was before I-25, which was open, it was closed. One of the US Highways was open as well. I look at it like this. If I can possibly make it to a shipper or receiver safely, I'll go for it.

Dave

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Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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The effort and dedication is admirable, but I agree with Starcar. If they can't keep the Interstate clear, nothing else is going to be clear. And heading North/South is generally worse than heading East/West in heavy snow because the winds tend to be westerly and you're going to have a crosswind blowing snow across the road hampering your vision and creating horribly slick roads. On top of all that, you were alone on a route you didn't know in higher elevations and dangerously bad weather.

I think the way to go in that situation would have been to shut it down. And keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of the time a back road is not going to be a good alternative to the Interstate in a bad weather.

I admire the dedication though.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

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Operating While Intoxicated

BHall's Comment
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Somebody told me they close the roads in Wyoming just to make money for the truck stops and govt. I have come to believe the same after sitting 3 out of 4 of my last trips through there!smile.gif

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