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IT’S OPEN: Traffic moving on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon

Glenwood Springs Post Independent Staff Report

Glenwood Springs Post Independent/Kelley Cox After four days, traffic was reopened to one lane of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon on Thursday.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon reopened about 3 p.m. this afternoon.

The Colorado Department of Transportation had been working on getting one traffic lane in each direction open on through the canyon since a rock fall closed the road early Monday morning.

Crews were able to open the interstate to one lane in each direction with a 14-foot width restriction, and speeds are reduced to 40 mph through the canyon.

CDOT Maintenance crews began clearing snow in the canyon early Thursday morning and began work to make the repairs necessary to open a single lane of traffic in each direction.

Crews cleared rock debris from all lanes which were brought down from yesterday’s mitigation work removing a large boulder above the fall area. The blast brought down about a dozen larger boulders, and many smaller rocks.

Repairs to the elevated roadway’s drainage system and roadway patching in numerous places where boulders punched holes in the road surface are currently underway.

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Crews set up traffic control cones, barrels, and signage on the interstate Wednesday, so that when repairs were completed the highway could open quickly.

Delays are expected at first. CDOT will update on traffic delays as the project progresses.

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