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Post Posted: Sep 24, 2015 7:23 pm 
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Thinking of moving to Pine in the next few years. Do many of you commute to Denver and do they keep 285 maintained well during winter?


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Post Posted: Sep 24, 2015 8:17 pm 
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Hi barbhen and welcome to Pinecam.

Quite a few people up here do commute to Denver and can better tell you how it is than I can. Anything you want to know about this area can be answered by members here.

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Post Posted: Sep 24, 2015 9:29 pm 
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Location: Shaffers Crossing
I commuted Hwy 285 for almost two decades from Shaffers Crossing and found that it was consistently well maintained. There are a couple notoriously slick spots (Windy Point and the curves in the canyon). You didn't say where you were moving from or your experience on snowy roads, but you'll want tires with a good tread, plenty of time to brake, and a safe distance between vehicles. Safe travels!


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Post Posted: Sep 25, 2015 8:24 am 
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If you work in downtown Denver, there is RTD from the Park & Ride in Pine and several others. When I was working down the hill I use RTD all the time. No worries and time to relax both going to town and on the way home.


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Post Posted: Sep 25, 2015 9:21 am 
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many take the bus and many know one another "from the bus"

true story, recently a friend was moving and wanted to find a home for her pond fish. I hooked her up with another friend that wanted them. It wasn't until the first friend pulled up in the drive of the second one that they both went "...... FROM THE BUS!"

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oh and they do a pretty good job on the roads BUT if you need to drive, you should have a vehicle with tires that can handle it. The first few years we were up here, I drove my '89 Mercedes 560SL (rear wheel drive) and it was white knuckle all the way. We got a "beater" Subaru with Blizzak tires for winter now. Like a cat on carpet :)

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Post Posted: Sep 25, 2015 10:44 am 
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They keep it pretty well-maintained, unless they're caught off-guard and/or don't have enough salt and sand. Also, the choke-point at the top of the hill before Shaffers Crossing (the highway goes from two lanes to one) gets fouled up if there's snow and evening commuters.

+1 on those who say you should have good tires and vehicle, of course. It makes a huge difference.


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Post Posted: Sep 25, 2015 11:46 am 
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How about Pine Valley Road? Is that maintained well during the winter or will I be working from home? :)


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While I, personally, prefer an AWD vehicle, we have friends that live in Homestead (Mt. Evans - the North part of Pine Valley Road) and he commutes to the Fed Center in a front wheel drive only vehicle. He's not gotten stuck so far. If I'm correct, Pine Valley Road is Jefferson County and they're usually pretty good.

+2 on good tires - ESSENTIAL regardless of what kind of vehicle you have.


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If you are in Jeffco, your roads are maintained well. If you are in Park County, there are not.

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well, I guess that depends on where in Park County you are! I have never had a problem with 285 in Park County but I have noticed sometimes where Park county has cleared 285 a whole lot better than Jeffco.

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:yeah that: That is a generalization that just isn't quite true. If one lives on a School Bus Route in EITHER county, roads are cleared very early.

I live on a Bus Route in Park County and my road is cleared by 5 am on even the worst days.

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