Westbound I-70 rockfall protection work scheduled for Glenwood Canyon in mid April

Travel Advisory

April 8, 2024 - Northwestern Colorado - Motorists should anticipate westbound delays Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30pm, and Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Eagle and Garfield Counties — Crews will conduct work next to westbound Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon in mid April. Crews will reconstruct rockfall protection near Mile Point 123. Work will take place west of MP 123.5 (Blue Gulch). Work and traffic impacts are anticipated to begin the week of April 15 and continue through Friday, April 26. Work hours will be Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. When work is underway, motorists should anticipate a single lane westbound closure on I-70 near Mile Point 123 (Shoshone Power Plant exit). Eastbound traffic will not be affected.

The westbound single lane closure will allow workers to safely work next to westbound lanes. The rockfall protection work is necessary for the section of roadway, which has a history of rockfall. The area is west of the Blue Gulch drainage at MP 123.5. Debris flows caused severe damage at Blue Gulch in 2021.

CDOT crews are anticipated to also be replacing guardrail along the eastbound I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. CDOT will coordinate to decrease traffic impacts as much as possible for travelers in the canyon. Motorists should check real time lane closures and road conditions by using COtrip.org and the free smartphone COtrip Planner app.

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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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