I-70 through Glenwood Canyon reopens with restrictions after two week closure

After a wildfire forced the weeks-long closure of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, Colorado transportation officials have finally reopened the interstate — but there are restrictions.

On Monday, August 24, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced the partial reopening of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon after the Grizzly Creek Fire.

I-70 had previously been shut down between mile marker 116 and 140.

According to CDOT, speed limits will be reduced on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. Additionally, there is no stopping on I-70 and rest areas and exit ramps are closed due to rock fall and other possible hazards.

Drivers should also be prepared for I-70 closures due to mudslides, repairs, and other events.

CDOT encourages drivers who are using I-70 through Glenwood Canyon to pay close attention to weather reports as “even minimal amounts of rain could trigger mudslides, debris flows or rock slides in the burn area.”

Drivers are also asked to be on the lookout for emergency vehicles.

The two week Glenwood Canyon I-70 closure is thought to the longest in history.

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Posted by Colorado Department of Transportation on Monday, August 24, 2020