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Colorado DOT to temporarily close I-70 east next week for removal of crashed big rig

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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced a road closure for eastbound I-70 through Glenwood Canyon next week as crews remove a crashed truck.

The road closure will occur on eastbound I-70 through Glenwood Canyon next Wednesday, July 13, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting about six hours. Westbound I-70 will remain open.

The interstate closure will allow crews to remove a truck that crashed around 10 a.m. on Thursday at mile marker 130. The truck driver, a 38 year old California resident, suffered non life-threatening injuries.

While the interstate is closed, CDOT offers the following alternate route recommendations:

Motorists should use COtrip.org or CDOT’s free COtrip Planner mobile app to plan an alternate route. The northern alternate route on US Highway 40 is recommended for most motorists. The northern alternate route will require approximately 2.5 hours additional travel time to reach your destination, compared to traveling on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. Eastbound motorists should anticipate construction at exit 205 in Silverthorne when returning to I-70 from Colorado Highway 9. During the closure, motorists will continue to have access to Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley.

By traveling on the recommended alternate route, motorists can avoid major delays caused by rough roads and other hazards. CDOT asks motorists to not use US 50 as an alternate route due to heavy construction and traffic impacts between Montrose and Gunnison.

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