CDOT begins rockfall fence safety project on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

Travel Advisory

December 8, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado - Assets damaged during the Grizzly Creek Fire being repaired or replaced

GARFIELD/EAGLE COUNTIES–The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work this week on an emergency project along Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon. The work will repair and replace rockfall fence damaged during the Grizzly Creek fire. Permanent and temporary rockfall barriers will also be erected in several locations, to help protect against potential rockfall due to wildfire damage in the area. 

The majority of work this winter will take place between Mile Points 119 and 125 on the north side of I-70, just west of the Hanging Lake Tunnel bore. Rock Solid Solutions is the contractor selected to perform the work. Work is weather dependent and scheduled from December to Spring 2021.


  • Monday - Friday: a westbound right lane closure will be in place in several locations between MP 119 to 125. The lane closure will take place during daylight hours only.

  • Minimal delays are expected through the work zone. 30 minute traffic stops will be required on occasion in 2021. Traffic stops will be limited to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with prior notification.

For additional information about this project or to sign up for updates, contact the project team. 

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:



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.

  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.

  • 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.

  • Be patient!


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. Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s multimodal mobility options.