CDOT Says I-70 Through Glenwood Canyon Will Remain Closed Through Weekend

Glenwood Canyon

The Colorado Department of Transportation said that I-70 through Glenwood Canyon will likely remain closed through the weekend following a damaging rockslide on Monday night.

Glenwood Canyon Reopening Pushed Back Because Of Weather

Initially CDOT planned to reopen the 12 mile stretch of I-70 on Thursday, but poor weather conditions forced them to push back the reopening. High winds are preventing crews from bringing in a helicopter to bring airbags and tools to the canyon’s rock face. Weather has also brought down additional rocks and debris into the roadway.

Reopening Will Be Limited To One Lane For Several Days

CDOT warns that when I-70 does reopen, it will do so in very limited fashion, alternating in each direction through a four-mile stretch in one eastbound lane. Delays are expected to be around an hour. CDOT says it will likely be several days before more lanes open.

Monday night’s rock slide did serious damage to the roadway and one tractor trailer, but no injuries were reported. Authorities estimate that the rockslide did between $2 million and $5 million worth of damage.

Alternate route information from CDOT is listed as follows:

Option 2: US-50 at Grand Junction to US-285 at Poncha Springs to CO-470 (5h43min. 311 mi.)

South Detours: Option 1: US 50: Grand Junction to Pueblo (5h35min. 298mi.)

South on CO-13 to I-70 in Rifle.
 
North Detour: North on CO-131 at Wolcott to Steamboat Springs.
 
West on US-40 to Craig.

You can keep up to date on the I-70 reopening by checking CoTrip.org.

Sources:
The Denver Post
The Aspen Times
CBS Denver
West World