I-70 Traffic Stops in Idaho Springs/Georgetown Areas Start Sunday Night

April 26, 2013 - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - CLEAR CREEK COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be stopping traffic and closing I-70 at Fall River Road and Georgetown Hill next week beginning this Sunday, April 28 for rock scaling and fence installation, weather permitting.

Whenever rock work is taking place above the highway, CDOT must close the roadway to maintain safety through the area for the traveling public.

From Sunday, April 28 through Thursday, May 2, there will be traffic stops of 20 minutes on eastbound and westbound I-70. On Sunday night, the stops will begin at 10 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. Monday. From Monday night through Thursday night, the stops will last from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. each evening. Stops will be completed by 6 a.m. Friday morning.

All westbound traffic will be stopped west of Fall River Road, one mile west of Idaho Springs, at approximately mile marker (MM) 238. All eastbound traffic will be stopped at MM 237, one mile west of that location closer to Dumont.

PLEASE NOTE:  CDOT personnel from this project and the I-70 Twin Tunnels widening project are coordinating traffic stops to minimize wait times for motorists. The goal is to avoid double stops for drivers. However, backups are still possible at the Twin Tunnels due to lane closures.

Removing loose rocks and securing additional rocks and boulders west of Idaho Springs and at Georgetown Hill is providing I-70 drivers with long-term safety enhancements in an area that can be prone to rockfall.

Weekly lane closure information about this and other projects is available at www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html or by calling 511. To receive project updates via e-mail, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner. The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including I-70 West, Denver to Glenwood Springs.

CDOT’s new smartphone application also is providing drivers with easier access to I-70 traveler information. It includes travel speeds and times, road conditions, incidents, road work; and feeds from CDOT's closed-circuit television cameras and alerts. Text CDOT to 25827 or download CDOT Mobile from your App store.