I-70 reopens following rockslide cleanup
5:38 p.m. The commercial motor vehicle safety closure has been lifted on eastbound I-70 near Copper Mountain, according to CDOT.
5:28 p.m. Westbound I-70 has reopened following rockslide cleanup.
2:53 p.m. Eastbound I-70 has reopened ahead of schedule near Frisco and Silverthorne, according to CDOT. Loveland Pass has also reopened.
While the roadways have reopened, drivers should be extra careful because of the weather. A snow squall warning is in effect until 3:30 p.m. near Frisco and Silverthorne.
2:28 p.m. The closures to eastbound I-70 and Loveland Pass are expected to end at 5 p.m., according to CDOT.
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The eastbound I-70 closure is extended to 5:00 p.m. as crews continue to deal with unstable rock. We appreciate the public’s understanding during a frustrating travel day. We will reopen the road as soon as it is safe. https://t.co/DPghqCmsMp— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) November 29, 2019
2:23 p.m. The closures to eastbound I-70 and Loveland Pass are expected to last beyond the initial 3 p.m. estimate, according to CDOT. There is currently no new estimate for when the roadway will reopen.
11:45 a.m. In addition to ongoing closures, CDOT has closed eastbound I-70 at Copper Mountain for all commercial motor vehicles.
10:45 a.m. The Colorado Department of Transportation is expected to close eastbound I-70 from Frisco to Idaho Springs from noon to 3 p.m. for rockfall mitigation, according to Dillon Police Chief Mark Heminghous.
Additionally, CDOT is also performing mitigation work on Loveland Pass, which is expected to be closed for the same duration. Motorists heading east toward the Front Range should use Highway 9 to Fairplay as a detour until the roadways reopen.
Original Story: A rockslide has closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at Fall River Road, one mile west of Idaho Springs, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. There is no estimated time for the road to reopen, but the closure is expected to last late into the afternoon, according to CDOT.
I-70 WB: Road closed at Exit 238 – Fall River Rd. Due to rock slide. No detour in place, alternate route advised. https://t.co/8aDzCF2GDv— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) November 29, 2019
The eastbound lanes of I-70 are scheduled to close at about noon Friday from Idaho Springs to Frisco, according to Colorado State Patrol. That closure is for rockfall mitigation.
I-70 WB from Beaver Brook 248 to Empire Jct is closed for rock mitigation and there is no estimated time to reopen at this point. Alternate route of 285 is suggested.— CSP Public Affairs (@CSP_News) November 29, 2019
I-70 EB will be closing at approximately noon from Frisco to Idaho Springs as well.
The interstate also was closed because of a rockslide Tuesday in the same area.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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