Jul 15, 2014 4:54 PM by Leah Kraus

Highway 24 closures can have negative effect on businesses

It's not just commuters feeling the effects from Highway 24 closures -- businesses are feeling it too.

High up on a hill in Cascade sits Cascade Escapes, an inn complete with rental cabins, a garden, and hot tub for guests.

Innkeepers Sandy and Robert Pennick call Highway 24 a lifeline for their business.

"If we have guests coming and they close the pass and our guests are downtown shopping or eating and they have a problem getting back up it creates a problem for us," says Sandy.

The summer is the main time of year they make money.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says the best thing commuters and businesses can do is keep a close eye on the weather forecast and plan accordingly.

They say their main reasoning in shutting down the highway is always public safety.

They are continuing flood control work in the area -- rain gages and monitors in Williams and Waldo Canyons are expected to help them stay ahead of a possible storm.

CDOT says the culvert installed at Waldo Canyon is only one part of flood control in the area.



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