I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Repairs

Work this Week

Nov. 21, 2021

Great news! The westbound lanes of I-70 at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch are now fully open. Commercial vehicle restrictions have been updated for current project work zone conditions.

  • Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week.
  • Due to favorable weather forecasted, the project team plans to continue working through the weekend. The work will be in the permanent lane closed at MP 123.5 but with the increase in weekend traffic volumes, motorists should anticipate possible impacts and slower moving traffic in the area.
  • Crews will not be working Thursday, Nov. 25-28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Traffic on the eastbound section has now been switched to the right lane in a single lane configuration.  Work will  begin on the concrete box culvert, fiber optic lines, concrete pavement and guardrail for the left lane and shoulder reconstruction.
  • Work to remove debris from the river is anticipated to begin in December.
  • Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Wagon Gulch location continues.
  • At MP 126.5, on the riverside, there is about 560’ of railing removal and then replacement that will commence.

About the Project:

This is an emergency project resulting from damage caused by the July 29, 2021 material flows in Glenwood Canyon. Work includes but is not limited to parapet and retaining walls repairs and replacement. Guardrail replacement, culvert repairs, and roadway resurfacing; both polyester concrete and hot mix asphalt. Work will also clear the debris on the recreation path and assess the damage.

Read about the Glenwood Canyon Mudslides

Traffic Impacts

  • An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. Eastbound is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and westbound is a ½ mile closure. There is a 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon. 

Glenwood Canyon Emergency Repairs in progress

Reconstruction of the eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5.s

Project Facts

  • Cost: $6.1 Million
  • Contractor: Lawrence Construction
  • Timeline: August - December 2021
  • Location: I-70 Glenwood Canyon from mile point 116 (Glenwood Springs) to mile point 133 (Dotsero). Concentrated work at mile point 123.5/Blue Gulch just two miles west of Hanging Lake Tunnel.

Outlet cleanup at MP 123.5

Outlet cleanup at MP 123.5