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Closure continues on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

August 12, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado - Travelers should plan for possible extended closure

 

GARFIELD & EAGLE COUNTIES ― Due to the active fire response immediately next to Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, the interstate will be closed overnight between Mile Point 116 (Glenwood Springs) and MP 140 (Gypsum). The closure is for both directions of traffic and CDOT not does not have a timeline for reopening. Please see further below for photos of fire activity today just east of Glenwood Springs.

I-70 Detour Southern Route

DETOUR ROUTES
Suggested detour routes remain the same as earlier today. Drivers should anticipate additional traffic on these routes. CDOT has paused some construction projects in order to accommodate detour traffic. However, travelers should be aware of possible construction impacts on US and state highways. CDOT recommends that through traffic on I-70 use a southern detour route, due to construction on commonly used northern alternate routes.

  • WESTBOUND: Denver metro area motorists can travel on US 285 to US 50, and continue west to Grand Junction. Travelers on I-70 can use CO 9 to US 285 south to US 50, or use CO 91 southwest to US 24 to US 50. 
  • EASTBOUND: Motorists traveling from Grand Junction can use US 50 east to US 285 and continue to Denver. Motorists headed to areas west of Denver can also use the westbound detour in reverse.


For residents and businesses north of I-70, the following alternate routes are best:

  • WESTBOUND: Motorists can connect to US 40 via CO 9 or CO 131. To continue to Grand Junction, take CO 139 south to I-70. CDOT advises commercial traffic to use CO 9 instead of CO 131, for safety purposes. Please note that while CO 13 is open at this time, it is not a recommended detour due to construction. Oversize commercial vehicles are not allowed on CO 13 due to construction
  • EASTBOUND: Near Fruita, motorists can travel north on CO 139 to US 40, then south on CO 131 or CO 9, returning to I-70. As stated above, CO 13 is not recommended due to construction.

CDOT asks that motorists not use Cottonwood Pass (Eagle & Garfield counties) or Independence Pass as detour routes, as these roads are not built for heavy traffic or commercial oversize vehicles. Vehicles over 35 feet in length may not use Independence Pass at any time. This includes a vehicle and trailer that, together, exceed 35 feet.


Grizzly Creek Fire smoke

Grizzly Creek Fire - River

Grizzly Creek Fire Mountain


FIRE INFORMATION
Agencies are responding to the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon. Updates and information can be found at: 

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/
https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO

970-930-1850

[email protected]

MEDIA CONTACT: David Boyd, White River National Forest: [email protected],  970-319-4895

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