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Expect lengthy delays on the I-70 mountain corridor next week

November 3, 2016 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Rockfall panel installation on I-70 at Georgetown Hill completed early, closures still scheduled next week for rock scaling 

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation announces the cancellation of a scheduled closure for Thursday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Interstate 70 at Georgetown Hill. Helicopter operations to hang new rockfall panel along Georgetown Hill that required both eastbound and westbound lane closures through the area were completed early.

Rock scaling will begin next week to complete the rockfall mitigation work. CDOT is conducting necessary rockfall mitigation on Georgetown Hill to protect motorist safety. With intermittent traffic stops planned for next week, those traveling the corridor through Clear Creek County should plan on delays of up to two hours. 

TRAFFIC IMPACTS

On Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a single right lane closure on westbound I-70 from mile posts 228 to 227. This single lane closure is necessary so crews can bring in and set-up equipment to prepare for upcoming rock scaling work.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, and Wednesday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. motorists can expect 20 minute traffic holds in both directions of I-70 between mile posts 226 and 228 for rock scaling work. Crews will remove rock debris that has accumulated under the rockfall netting. The netting will be lifted by a crane in order to free the loose rock and push it down the slope with pry bars. A temporary barrier will be installed in the ditch in an attempt to keep scaled rock off the roadway to help expedite the required traffic holds.

For information on I-70 travel conditions, visit COTrip.org, download the CDOT Mobile app, sign up for GovDelivery or call 511. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/coloradodot

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