Update: Westbound I-70 reopens at Idaho Springs, remains closed at Dowd Junction | SkyHiNews.com

Update: Westbound I-70 reopens at Idaho Springs, remains closed at Dowd Junction

3:24: Westbound I-70 has reopened near Idaho Springs, according to CDOT. The westbound closure at Dowd Junction remains in place.

9:51: The westbound I-70 closure near Idaho Springs is expected to last up to 10 hours, well into the afternoon, according to CDOT. The alternative route to the mountains remains U.S. Highway 285, and vehicles trying to bypass the closure via US 6 or CO 119 will be turned around the Denver, according to CDOT.

Emergency services are also expecting a lengthy closure on westbound I-70 at Dowd Junction. The road is expected to be closed until about 4 p.m., according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Original story: Westbound Interstate 70 is closed at Exit 248, near Idaho Springs, due to a major rockslide, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. CDOT is asking motorists from the Front Range to use U.S. Highway 285 West as an alternative route to the mountains.

Additionally, westbound I-70 is closed at milemarker 171, at Dowd Junction in Eagle County, due to a fatal, multiple-vehicle crash involving a HAZMAT vehicle. Neither closure has an estimated time to reopen.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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