I-70 ramps at Fall River Road/St. Mary’s will be closed Nov 18-23

November 13, 2019 - Denver Metro Area, Colorado - The closure is necessary while crews repave the ramps and interchange and make safety improvements

DENVER, CO – CDOT will close the eastbound I-70 off-ramp to Exit 238 (Fall River Road/St. Mary’s) and the eastbound on-ramp to I-70 from the Fall River Road/I-70 interchange for six days while crews repave and make safety upgrades. The ramp closures will be in place from 6 a.m. on Monday, November 18 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 23. The repaving is part of an infrastructure improvement project that includes building a bridge to connect Stanley Road to the Fall River Road/I-70 interchange. The project supports CDOT’s vision to improve safety, mobility and connectivity on the I-70 mountain corridor and their new Whole System, Whole Safety initiative. 



The location of the ramp and interchange closures are on eastbound I-70 at Exit 238 (MP 238) at the Fall River Road/I-70 interchange (see map).     


  • The off-ramp on eastbound I-70 at Exit 238 will be closed from 6 a.m. on Monday, November 18 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 23.
  • Motorists traveling eastbound on I-70 will be detoured to Exit 239 (Idaho Springs), adding approx. 2 miles and 3 minutes to travel times.
  • There will be no local access to eastbound I-70 from the Fall River Rd/I-70 interchange from Nov 18 to Nov 23.
  • Local traffic will be detoured westbound to Exit 235 (Dumont) to gain access to eastbound I-70, adding approx. 5 miles and 6 minutes to travel times.
  • The ramps will reopen at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 23.
  • There will be no impacts to westbound traffic exiting or entering the Fall River Road/I-70 interchange at Exit 238.
  • Advanced warning and detour signage will be in place to safely direct motorists around the closures.
  • The ramp closure schedule is weather-dependent and subject to change.
  • All lane closures and other traffic notices are posted on COTrip.org.


CDOT is finalizing construction of a two-lane vehicular bridge across Clear Creek to connect Stanley Road to the Fall River Road/I-70 interchange at Exit 238. Other features include 10-foot wide sidewalks on the bridge with guardrails and barriers in place to maximize pedestrian and cyclist safety. Crews are also raising an approximately 845-foot stretch of Stanley Road by four feet to meet the profile of the bridge. Stanley Road has been reduced to a single lane configuration through the construction zone, with alternating east and westbound traffic directed by automated signals. 


Work began on May 20, and completion is scheduled for late 2019. 


Get direct email announcements and updates by signing up at [email protected]. For additional information about this project, call the local project information line at 720.589.3505, or visit the project website at https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-70-stanley-fall-river-bridge. For information on lane closures, please visit COTrip.org, or call 511. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/coloradodot.



The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.
  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
  • Be patient!



In early 2019, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness. This initiative takes a systematic, statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation