Rockslide Closes I-70 in Glenwood Canyon (UPDATED)
A rockslide in Glenwood Canyon has closed I-70 in both directions until further notice.
The rockslide happened Monday at around 9 p.m., crippling I-70 travelers. The closure runs from mile marker 116 to mile marker 140.
Crews have been working through the night to clear the highway of debris and get the road open. As of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, the road was still closed to eastbound and westbound traffic.
Alternate routes for motorists are U.S. 40 and U.S. 50.
There is no estimated time for the opening of the interstate.
UPDATE: As of 12:50PM I-70 remains closed.Geo-safety teams are inspecting the rock face, damage to the road way, guard rails, and infrastructure
UPDATE: 6:00AM 2/17 I-70 remains closed today from Glenwood Springs to Gypsum. Crews will be installing rockfall mitigation fencing on the westbound lanes.
According to CDOT, on Thursday, a pilot car operation--directing single-lane, alternating traffic--will be implemented and traffic will be routed to the eastbound lanes, which did not incur as much damage. The pilot car operation could be in place for several days while early repairs and additional rock stabilization are completed. As repairs progress, CDOT will move to open one lane in each direction.
It could be several weeks before the damage to the roadway walls and roadway are repaired and the interstate is fully open to regular traffic operations.
DETOUR ROUTE: NB CO-131 at Wolcott to WB US-40 at Steamboat Springs to SB CO-13 at Craig to WB I-70 at Rifle. EB I-70 travelers can use the same roads in the opposite direction. Estimated detour travel time is 4 hours. *Cottonwood Pass is closed and is not a viable shortcut for this detour.*