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I-70 Glenwood Canyon Opens

August 10, 2016 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Helicopter operations complete, Glenwood Canyon closure canceled for 8/11

EAGLE and GARFIELD COUNTIES/GLENWOOD CANYON –The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announces the reopening of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon and the cancelation of a scheduled closure for Thursday, August 11th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Helicopter operations that required both eastbound and westbound lane closures through the canyon are complete for the emergency rockfall mitigation project.

“Ideal flying conditions and employing a Blackhawk helicopter allowed crews to install 12 steel posts and deliver all fencing materials to the hillside,” Mike Fowler, Project Engineer. “We are pleased with today’s operations and progress. The helicopter operations were efficient and accurate, allowing us to finish work in one day.”

Construction crews now turn to installing the fencing to the posts. The project will continue to need a one lane closure westbound at mile point 125 west of the Hanging Lake Tunnel to stage construction vehicles and supplies.   

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Glenwood Canyon Emergency Rockfall Mitigation project information

Colorado Department of Transportation launched the permanent rockfall project on May 9 in response to the major February rock slide on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. The anticipated completion date is September 1, 2016. The project budget is estimated at around $2 million. This project is classified as an emergency project and engineering was awarded to SGM and construction awarded to Yenter Companies.

The public information hotline number is (970) 618-1457 or email the project team at [email protected].

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