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CDOT crews continue clearing mudflow from Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon

June 28, 2021 - Statewide News - Goal is to reopen eastbound lanes by late morning

I-70 Mudslide Night Work

I-70 Mudslide Cleanup

 

STATEWIDE - Crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation continue to clear debris from Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon this morning (Monday, June 28). CDOT anticipates reopening eastbound traffic later this morning. Crews worked overnight through the night to clear a mudslide that flowed onto both eastbound and westbound lanes starting Sunday, June 27. A fresh crew of workers came on shift early this morning and have continued the work to remove remaining debris and will conduct a final cleaning sweep before eastbound lanes can be reopened. CDOT also hopes to reopen westbound traffic today, weather and clean-up conditions depending. (Please continue to refer to the media kit with updated photos of work conducted overnight.)

CDOT is working to coordinate with the Kansas Department of Transportation and Utah Department of Transportation regarding potential ongoing impacts to I-70 this week. More rain is in the forecast, so there is the potential for more mudslides and road closures.

Closures have been paused on US Highway 50 until 1:30 p.m. today. This is to allow motorists to access the southern alternate route on US 50 this morning. The project is located between Montrose and Gunnison on US Highway 50.

As long as the closure continues to be in place, CDOT asks that motorists continue to use the northern alternate route (please see below for description and map).

WESTBOUND I-70: Motorists coming from the Denver metro area or Interstate 25 can travel westbound on I-70 to Silverthorne, then turn north onto CO 9. In Kremmling, travelers should turn onto westbound US Highway 40 towards Steamboat Springs. After reaching Craig, motorists can return south via CO 13 towards Rifle. Access to I-70 westbound is at Rifle.


EASTBOUND I-70: Motorists traveling eastbound from Utah or Grand Junction can reach the Denver Metro area by traveling the route above in reverse.

The alternate route will require approximately 2.5 hours additional travel time to reach your destination, compared to traveling on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. By traveling on the recommended alternate route, motorists can avoid major delays caused by rough roads and other hazards. Before detouring onto any alternate route, motorists should refer to www.cotrip.org for the latest road conditions.

Stay Informed

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

I-70 Mudslide Detour Map