Glenwood Canyon traffic holds in May on Hanging Lake westbound on-ramp

Travel Advisory

April 26, 2021 - Garfield & Eagle County - Motorists should anticipate a month of short holds for critical safety work.

The Colorado Department of Transportation announces traffic holds throughout the month of May at the Interstate 70 westbound on-ramp for Hanging Lake, located at Mile Point 125. Traffic holds are associated with the wall improvement construction along I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. Only on-ramp traffic will be affected.

The project scope of work includes slope stabilization by improving the failed gabion wall at westbound I-70 Mile Point 117 (just west of No Name Tunnel) and the existing rubber tire wall at MP 125 (Hanging Lake on-ramp).

The holds are anticipated to be 10-15 minutes and will begin on May 3 through May 31, Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work activities include soil nail drilling, setting of precast panels, and coating. 

As part of CDOT's Whole System-Whole Safety program, this six-month project will improve the Glenwood Canyon's slope stability and improve safety. Construction on the wall improvements will coincide with the Glenwood Canyon rockfall fence safety project, which is in progress.

Traffic & Trail Impacts

Motorists should plan for single lane closures, shoulder closures, reduced speed limits, and narrowed roads during work hours. Delays are anticipated. Brief, intermittent holds on the Glenwood Canyon Bike Path are also anticipated.

Motorists should use both lanes to the merge point, also called a zipper merge. CDOT asks travelers to be aware of posted speed limits throughout work zones, to keep both fellow motorists and crews safe.

Local general contractor, Gould Construction, is overseeing the project, which is scheduled to be complete in August 2021. To sign up for traffic and trail impact updates, please contact public information via email, [email protected], or phone, 970-930-1354‬.

Start and end points of project area

Project & Travel Info

Remember: Slow For The Cone Zone

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!