Hot Sheet
A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
August 31, 2021
Monday, Sept. 6 - Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 13 - after Convention

Chain Law Carry Requirements Start Wednesday, September 1st

As a reminder, the requirement to carry adequate chains on I-70 between Morrison and Dotsero begins Wednesday, September 1st.


Please alert your drivers and maintenance folks to put them on your mountain trucks.


View Chain Up Tips for  Commercial Vehicles


Annual CMCA Convention
September 9-11, 2021
Steamboat Springs, CO
Looking for ways to promote your business - Door Prizes are needed at convention.
(Please no t-shirts, caps or mugs)
Any questions, contact
Convention Dress Code:  Business/Business Casual. 
Jeans & Boots on Friday night.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week


The 2021 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 12th -18th.   If you haven’t already done so, start making plans now to celebrate your drivers and employees.


Need some ideas?  Visit ATA’s site.


When you have your plans made, please share them with Patti so we can get the word out on how Colorado celebrates drivers!  Email her at with your plans, or if you have any questions.

Pinnacol Risk Management Symposium Registration - NOW OPEN


Pinnacol's 2021 Risk Management Symposium is now registering customers to attend our virtual conference. 


The virtual conference is scheduled for Thursday September 16, 2021.  


CMCA customers can receive up to 2 safety group training credits for attending more than 2 hours of the conference. 




Unless otherwise noted, these classes and events will take place in-person pending any changes in COVID regulations.
September 2, 2021 - NO SMC Meeting
September 6, 2021 - Office Closed for Labor Day
September 13, 2021 - Office Closed after Convention
September 14, 2021 - Allied Meeting (Virtual at 11:30am)
September 15 - NO Board Meeting
September 21 - Drug/Alcohol Policies and Procedures (8am-Noon)
September 21 - Drug/Alcohol Reasonable Suspicion (1pm-4pm)
September 23 - DOT Safety & Compliance Essentials (8am-4:30pm)
September 30 - Designated Employer Representative Seminar (8am-4:30pm)
Safety Group Training
September 22, 2021
at CMCA, 4060 Elati St., Denver
Trucking Ergonomics: Guidelines to Prevent Strain Injuries for Drivers
Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention (60 min.)
Both courses are approved for Pinnacol Safety Group Credits.
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Dear ATA Family:

Your help is needed!  With Hurricane Ida making landfall in Louisiana and continuing to cause damage across the Gulf Coast with wind gusts well exceeding Category 5, we are asking our trucking family to not only keep those affected in your thoughts and prayers, but also to help ATA and our Trucking Cares Foundation coordinate relief efforts, either through cash donations, relief supplies or donated transportation.
We are working closely with the Louisiana Motor Transport Association and Mississippi Trucking Association, and will be sending ATA’s trucks with much needed supplies as soon as cleared to do so.  We are also working with the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) coordinating donated transportation.
If you are able to donate to ATA’s efforts to help those affected in Louisiana and Mississippi, please let us know.  You can make a financial donation through Trucking Moves America Forward at  We will coordinate efforts on behalf of our ATA membership.  In addition, our America’s Road Team Captains are poised to represent the industry in safely delivering these goods.
Please contact Elisabeth Barna, at or 202-420-8972 should you have any questions.
On behalf of our friends in Louisiana and Mississippi, ATA and the Trucking Cares Foundation, thank you for your consideration.
Know Before You Go...
  • Full Nightly Closure EB I-270 Ramp from SB I-25  CDOT will close the southbound Interstate 25 ramp to eastbound I-270 for five nights from Sunday, August 29 to Thursday, September 2. The ramp will be closed each night from 9 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. the next morning. The closures are necessary so crews can repair the bridges that connect the interstates. Detour signage will be in place to route motorists to a recommended alternate route.

  • US 50 Little Blue Creek Canyon in MONTROSE & GUNNISON COUNTIES Regularly scheduled road closures will begin on September 1.  Labor Day Weekend-US 50 will be OPEN to two-way traffic beginning Friday, September 3 at NOON through the Labor Day weekend. Regularly scheduled roadway closures begin Tuesday at 8:30 AM on September 7.  Visit project website for more info.

  • US 160 to close for 5 nights.  Starting Monday, September 13th through Friday the 17th (5 nights), there will be a full closure of US 160 near Chimney Rock National Monument and Lake Capote (MP 127 to 127.4). The closure is scheduled from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., daily. Motorists are asked to use an alternate route during closure hours. A detour is not available.  Visit website for more details.
  • The emergency truck ramp on West Vail Pass located near Mile Point 182 will close Monday, Aug. 9, and remain closed for about three months while the ramp is reconstructed.  The next closest emergency ramp on Vail Pass is located at Mile Point 185.5.  This ramp reconstruction is being done as part of the I-70 West Vail Pass Auxiliary Lanes Project.

    Hot Brake Cooling Vail Pass:  The two locations we are pointing drivers to use are the MP 190 interchange ramps or the wide shoulder at MP 184 as a place where they can cool their brakes before proceeding WB.  We have construction signs along I-70 for drivers. Attached is a PDF with our plan for the brake cool down areas.  
    For more information about this project, click here or send an email to or call 970-688-8233.
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