Friday, March 15, 2019

Edwards Spur Road Open

March 15, 2019 - 2:40 p.m. - The gas leak in Edwards has been resolved and the Edwards Spur Road is open. All traffic has resumed normal routes. Any affected residents needing assistance restarting their gas appliances should call Black Hills Energy at 1-888-890-5554.

Clean Up Underway on Edwards Spur Road

March 15, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. - Gas line repairs are nearly complete and clean up activities are underway on the Edwards Spur Road. Crews are working to reopen the road as soon as possible. Motorists should be prepared for traffic congestion near Miller Ranch Road and U.S. Highway 6 during school dismissal times.

Businesses in Edwards Plaza are open, access is from behind the Gashouse Restaurant.

Evacuation Order Lifted for Old Edwards Estates

The evacuation order has been lifted for Old Edwards Estates and residents may now return to their homes. Please contact Black Hills Energy at (888) 890-5554 to relight furnaces or natural gas appliances. Please note that the Spur Rd closure remains in effect; only residents of Old Edwards estates will be allowed past the closure at the I-70/Shell station roundabout.

Traffic and Transit Delays in Edwards Due to Spur Road Closure

March 15, 2019 - 7:15 a.m. - This morning's commute in Edwards will be affected by the continued closure of the Edwards Spur Road. Access to all schools is via Miller Ranch Road from U.S. Highway 6 or from the I-70 roundabout.

In addition, ECO Transit has temporarily discontinued service to the Freedom Park bus stop. Riders will disembark at Bull Run or at Miller Ranch.

Please be patient and expect delays.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Update to Edwards Spur Road Gas Leak

Media Contact: Tracy LeClair, Eagle River Fire Protection District, 970-471-5284

Map of Incident Area

March 14, 2019 - 11:25 p.m. - Crews continue to work on repairs to the gas leak on the Edwards Spur Road. An evacuation order remains in place for Old Edwards Estates, and a shelter has been established at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel.

Please note that odors evident in neighborhoods to the east of the incident, including Miller Ranch, are due to mercaptan - the odorant used to help detect natural gas - traveling further than the gas itself. Eagle River Fire Protection District is conducting constant air monitoring and no gas levels have been recorded east of the Spur Road.

All residents are encouraged to subscribe to EC Alert at www.ecalert.org to receive real time emergency information.
Vail Health offers transportation to any evacuees needing assistance.

Volunteers from the Salvation Army help set up an emergency shelter at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel.

Evacuation ordered for Old Edwards Estates due to gas leak

Contact: Tracy LeClair, Eagle River Fire Protection District, 970-471-5284

March 14, 2019 – 9:30 p.m. – Residents of Old Edwards Estates are being asked to evacuate the neighborhood due to a gas leak on the Edwards Spur Road. Residents should leave immediately with their pets and all medications and any other necessary items required for an overnight evacuation; close all windows and doors; and shut down all mechanical equipment, including furnaces. Eagle County Sheriff’s Deputies will be going door to door though the neighborhood to ensure all residents can leave safely.

A shelter is being established at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel, located at 32138 U.S. Highway 6 in Edwards. Pets will be accepted at the shelter if they are in crates.

The gas leak was reported at approximately 5 p.m., where construction was occurring near the bridge area as part of upgrades to the Edwards Spur Road and U.S. Highway 6 intersection.

Agencies responding to the incident include Eagle River Fire Protection District, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Salvation Army, Colorado Department of Transportation, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, Black Hills Energy, Eagle County Paramedics Services, Eagle County Emergency Management, Eagle County Animal Services, Vail Public Safety and Communications Center, Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Vail Health.







Friday, March 8, 2019

Winter Storm Clean Up Continues

The snow is moving out, but clean up operations are continuing. Watch for road closures as crews perform avalanche mitigation.

Learn more:
Extended Forecast - National Weather Service
Road Conditions and Travel Alerts - Colorado Department of Transportation
Avalanche Information - Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Official information is also being posted on Facebook at:
www.facebook.com/coloradodot
www.facebook.com/COAvalancheInfo

and on Twitter at:
www.twitter.com/ColoradoDOT
www.twitter.com/CSP_Eagle

Public safety officials are reminding community members to take steps to ensure you keep yourself, your family and your community safe.

On the road:
  • Subscribe to EC Alert to receive real time emergency, traffic and weather information. 
  • Travel only if necessary.
  • Slow down when roads are icy. 
  • If you encounter an avalanche or powder cloud while driving, reduce speed, pull over to shoulder if possible, turn off your vehicle. If you have cell phone service, call for help and remain in your car. First responders will come to you. 
  • Create an emergency supply kit for your vehicle with jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full. 
At home:
  • Be aware of snow loads on roofs, especially mobile homes.
  • Keep gas and electric meters clear of snow, and watch for any ice forming above them.
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights in case of a loss of power.
  • Learn more at www.ready.gov