Projects

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Repairs

Work this Week

Sept. 20-24, 2021

Project Update Sept. 20-24 roadside conditions

Mile Point (MP) 123.5, Blue Gulch

Progress this Week

  • Crews continue debris removal and clearing debris from the damaged Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch. Repair work was completed on the inlet of the CBC.
  • The Lawrence Construction team is drilling locations for shoring towers.
  • The shoring will secure the damaged infrastructure so repairs can begin on the eastbound retaining wall. Xcel Energy has completed the necessary repairs to their damaged assets in the canyon.
  • The project team is working closely on coordination with the Colorado Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on the river recovery efforts.
  • Rainy weather may cause additional material flows and I-70 closures in Glenwood Canyon in the coming months.
  • Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts.
  • Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org.

Anticipated Traffic Impacts

  • An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5.
  • The eastbound single lane closure is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and the westbound single lane closure is .5 miles long.
  • There is a 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

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. 

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