I-70 by Glenwood Canyon to sojourn sealed due to ‘extreme damage’

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Transportation is advising travelers of a enlarged closure of Interstate 70 by Glenwood Canyon after a new comment following complicated sleet and flooding found “extreme damage” to a highway.

I-70 by Glenwood Canyon was close down Thursday after some-more than 100 people had to spend a night on a highway, including scarcely 30 who took retreat in a tunnel, after sleet over a Grizzly Creek Fire bake injure triggered mudslides.

CDOT pronounced repairs to a viaduct structure from a latest turn of complicated sleet and flooding Saturday night was described by their engineering staff as distinct anything they had seen before. The group did not yield minute information about a damage.

They are recommending motorists use a choice northern route, and truckers equivocate I-70 all together and take Interstate 80 by Wyoming. There is no estimated time on when that widen of highway will free as crews will continue to transparent waste and mudflow when continue conditions are safe.

The northern swap track includes during slightest a two-hour-long detour. Westbound trade can exit during Silverthorne and transport north on Colorado 9 to U.S. 40, afterwards west to Craig. From Craig, take Colorado 13 south to Rifle and behind on I-70. Eastbound trade will need to exit during Rifle and take a same track in a other direction.

Glenwood Canyon has been close down several times over a past dual months after mudslides cleared adult on a roadway, during times trapping vehicles between slides.

CDOT pronounced there is no easy resolution to a problem. The source of a mudslides is a Grizzly Creek Fire bake scar. The human-caused glow started Aug 10, 2020 in Glenwood Canyon and burnt some-more than 32,000 acres in a White River National Forest. CDOT pronounced due to a distance of a bake injure and turf of a canyon, slackening is scarcely impossible.

Drivers formulation to use I-70 or other high-country roads should move reserve with them in box they need to spend extended time in a car, CDOT said. At a minimum, this can embody water, snacks, flashlight, and a blanket.

Check on highway conditions on CDOT’s website here and pointer adult for traffic alerts here.

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