CDOT to weekend travelers: Go north or south

Travel Advisory

August 14, 2020 - Northeastern Colorado


As one of the largest fires in Colorado’s history ravages along the I-70 corridor in Glenwood Canyon, the Colorado Department of Transportation is encouraging weekend travelers to rotate their compasses and look at areas of the state to explore that are north or south instead of west. 

“Colorado has so many great places to see and visit,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “We want to keep folks off I-70 to the west so we want to encourage residents to check out some of the great attractions to the north and south of our state.”

From rafting to climbing and breweries to great outdoor dining, Colorado has plenty to do for anyone looking for a weekend getaway, Lew added. 

I-70 in Glenwood Canyon continues to be closed between Mile Point 116 (Glenwood Springs) and MP 140 (Gypsum). The closure is for both directions of traffic with no estimated time of reopening.

West of Fort Collins, CO 14 is closed from west of Cameron Pass and Walden (Mile Point 61) for eastbound traffic and at Rustic and County Road 69 (MP 91) for westbound traffic due to the Cameron Peak Wildfire. See for details. 

The closures will probably be in place for awhile and travelers are already clogging most of the detours around the area. That is why CDOT is encouraging people to find some new areas of the state to check out this weekend. 


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


[email protected]

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


Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for all of us, particularly for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, CDOT maintenance and construction crews follow social distancing and other health safety measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. The public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO by practicing social distancing and wearing face masks.  As traffic returns to normal levels, motorists must drive cautiously and heed the speed limit so all of us can return home safely. 


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 network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.


CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated inter-regional express service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s multimodal mobility options.