Helicopter operations, traffic holds planned for I-70 just east of Dumont in the mountain corridor

News Release

July 12, 2021 - Central/Eastern Colorado - I-70 drivers should plan for delays July 13-14

Clear Creek County ― Traffic will be periodically stopped in both directions on Interstate 70 near Mile Point 236 just east of Dumont between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 while a helicopter is used to lift rockfall mesh fencing materials into place on the slope above the highway.

Helicopter operations will continue Wednesday, July 14 if this work isn’t completed in one day.

Vehicles will be stopped for about 20 minutes while the helicopter is airborne. There will be several traffic holds throughout the day and drivers should plan for up to 30-minute delays. 

This rockfall mesh will help stabilize the slope where a 2019 rockslide the day after Thanksgiving prompted an emergency closure of I-70.

This work is weather dependent, so the schedule could change if conditions are adverse.

Know Before You Go

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:

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.

  • 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 patient