Periodic traffic stops planned tomorrow for rockfall maintenance work on I-70 at Georgetown along the mountain corridor

Travel Advisory

October 31, 2022 - Northwestern Colorado - I-70 drivers should plan for delays Tuesday, Nov. 1 and again in early Nov.

Clear Creek County — Traffic will be periodically stopped in both directions on I-70 at Georgetown between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday November 1. Traffic stops are necessary to make repairs to rockfall fencing, requiring a helicopter to move equipment over the travel lanes.

Vehicles will be stopped for about 20 minutes while crews perform the work. The queue of stopped vehicles will then be released before traffic is again stopped and the process repeats. Drivers should plan for delays of 30 to 40 minutes. Motorists can avoid delays by planning their travels through the I-70 mountain corridor in the Georgetown area before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m. In order to maintain a safe working environment, these operations are weather dependent.

Rock scaling operations Nov. 8 - 10
Traffic holds are also planned for rock scaling operations on westbound I-70 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday, Nov. 8 - 10. Westbound travel will be impacted during these times with intermittent traffic stops and delays. Westbound motorists can avoid delays by planning their trips before and after the traffic holds. No impacts to eastbound travel planned at this time. This work may be adjusted to maintain a safe working environment in changing weather conditions.

The scaling is a proactive measure to remove the rocks, preventing a potential rockfall. Road closures must occur during daytime hours because the rock scaling crews need the daylight and visibility to do their work and clear debris should it fall onto the road. The schedule is subject to change depending on the weather.

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.
  • 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!

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