I-70 Glenwood Canyon Update: Thursday, August 26

August 26, 2021 - Northwestern Colorado

Maintenance Update:

Crews had another safe and productive day with no accidents or injuries reported. The weather cooperated yesterday with zero precipitation.  Fifty-nine loads of debris were hauled out of the canyon to the dump site in Silt.

West end crews worked at mile point 120.6 WB pulling mud and debris from behind the wall on the northside of the interstate hauling out 38 loads. They also hauled an additional 21 loads from the No Name dump site to Silt.Crews also hauled out temporary triton barriers to the Paul and John areas. Union Pacific Railroad is scheduled to pick up both a loader and excavator from the Hanging Lake Tunnel complex at Cinnamon Creek on Monday, Sept. 30.

East end crews finished shaping the drainage at 128.7 WB and built some energy-absorbing ponds ahead of the inlet located there in an attempt to slow any future flow in that area. Wednesday's efforts concentrated on hauling back borrowed equipment from the 133 Dotsero pit. Crews also continued cleaning and servicing equipment.

Lawrence Construction, the emergency project contractor, completed setting the permanent concrete barrier EB at 123.5 and set WB #1 lane today. CDOT crews are starting to scale back as the contractor starts to mob in but the next few days will find crews continuing to have a presence in the canyon working on finding inlets and drop drains, washing rail and working diligently on cleanup. 

PAR Contractor worked with Holy Cross Energy and Excel on helicopter operations, which involved intermittent road closures today.

Engineering Update: 

Lawrence Construction worked on setting up traffic control barriers. They also continued with debris removal from the bike path to facilitate the wall repairs at mile point 123.5, Blue Gulch. Met with the FHWA team to discuss Emergency Repair reimbursements.

Met with Lawrence Construction, the Executive Director and the Assistant Division Administrator for FHWA. We discussed the project and visited the work site to go through the repair plans.