I-70 Glenwood Canyon Rockfall Mitigation

April 5, 2011 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Lane closures and traffic stops tomorrow for scaling, rock clearing.

GLENWOOD CANYON – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Yenter Companies have been working to complete a rockfall mitigation project on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. Two phases of work are nearing completion this month for a total of $1.2 million from CDOT’s Rockfall Program.

The work has included repair of rockfall netting in the canyon; replacement of some 610 linear feet of existing netting with higher-capacity netting (with additional anchors, larger posts); scaling rocks along canyon walls; and clearing rocks from behind netting and walls. This work at several sites between MP 121 and 126 (Hanging Lake Tunnel is at MP 125) is part of an ongoing effort to reduce the impacts of rockfall in Glenwood Canyon. This phase will wrap up by April 16; crews will return to complete minor work items later this summer. A third phase of work will begin later in the year or in early 2012 for approximately $150,000.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS FOR WEDNESDAY,  APRIL 6: Tomorrow, crews will be working at MP 121.9 and 122.5 west of the tunnel to complete some scaling and rock clearing in those areas. This work will require lane restrictions, for the safety of the traveling public. From 8:30 AM to 5 PM (possibly earlier), there will be a right lane closure in both directions in the work zone and some periodic traffic stops in both directions. Motorists can expect traffic slowing and delays. After tomorrow, impacts will be minor and will include some traffic shifts around the work zone. Thank you for going “Slow for the Cone Zone!”

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