I-70 Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path Opens Today

April 26, 2013 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Path could close temporarily in the event of inclement weather.

GARFIELD/EAGLE COUNTIES – The Colorado Department of Transportation is pleased to open the I-70 Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path today, April 26, at 3 p.m. Last spring, CDOT was able to open the path on March 23—the earliest it had ever been opened.

As always—for both safety and staffing reasons—the path will be subject to closure the day before any forecasted winter storms. If a storm does not develop, CDOT will re-open depending upon long-range weather forecasts. If a storm does hit, the path will be inspected and swept prior to re-opening.  (Closure notifications will be posted on “Alerts/Restrictions” on CDOT’s traveler information web site, www.cotrip.org.)

In other area spring season news, CDOT crews are beginning work to clear and conduct any maintenance necessary to open SH 82 Independence Pass on or before its regular target opening day:  the Thursday before the Memorial Day holiday (or May 23 this year). At this time, there is about 2.5 feet of snow on the highway well west of the summit. CDOT is unable to predict an early opening at this time, but will provide an update in early May, as well as post any reopen plans—when certain—on the COTRIP web site.

For information on road conditions, the public may log on to http://www.coloradodot.info/ or call 511 from anywhere in the state. To sign up for e-mail and/or wireless updates to road conditions in any chosen area, go to CDOT’s web site and choose the green phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.