One Lane of I-70 Near Eagle Closed in Each Direction

March 8, 2012 - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Lanes will remain closed while crews clean up after fuel spill.

EAGLE COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has closed one lane of I-70  in each direction between Wolcott and Eagle following a fuel spill at mile marker 150 east of Eagle and west of Wolcott earlier this morning. The lane closures are necessary to clean up diesel fuel that spilled mostly in the median of the highway after a fuel tanker rolled and its tank punctured during a collision with another vehicle.

At this time, the extent of the contamination of the soil in the area is unknown. It is estimated that about 7,200 gallons of diesel fuel was leaked. Hazmat crews will excavate soil starting tomorrow morning, March 9, and will work through the weekend and early next week during daylight hours to begin cleanup. Both lanes of the interstate will be open during the evenings since no cleanup efforts will be taking place at that time. There is currently no estimate as to how long the entire cleanup process will take.

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