West US 160 past the summit of Wolf Creek Pass

South Fork, ColoradoDec 10, 20120 Comments

About a mile west of the summit of Wolf Creek Pass, US160 there is a long down hill section of the highway (Approx. 1 mile+ long). On the right side of the road there are two (2) rock wall structures to catch falling rock. There is enough space on the back side for a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO). He has a perfect position to catch vehicles coming down hill or coming uphill without being seen until too late. The speed limit is 45mph. The 8% grade and the length of the run causes the vehicle to exceed the 45mph really quick. It only takes a few seconds to exceed the 45mph and the LEO has you. He’ll tell you that you exceeded the threshhold for a warning and proceed to give you a ticket approaching $200.00 with the surcharge. My advice is to switch to a lower gear and ride the brakes to keep the speed under 45mph. The heavier the vehicle the lower the gear. This is definately a speed trap. It has all the makings, long downhill run, 7-8% grade, and a likely place to hide without detection until your right on top of the LEO.

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