Glenwood Canyon to Open Up This Weekend
Following extreme mudslides, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has said that he is confident that Glenwood Canyon will be partially open by this Saturday, August 14th, 2021.
The mudslides that closed the canyon were a result of heavy rainfall in the canyon on the areas that were previously burned by wildfires and because the vegetation hadn't had time to grow back, the areas affected were still mostly dirt, which resulted in mudslides.
The mudslides were so significant that they covered the sections of I-70 below, blocking any way for traffic to drive on the interstate and effectively keeping those that were traveling down the road stranded and needing to be rescued.
The section of interstate in the Glenwood Canyon affected by the mudslides has been closed since the night of July 29th, 2021 because of the mudslides triggered by heavy rainfall in the area that had been burned in the Grizzly Creek Fire earlier this year.
However, the Colorado Department of Transportation has been working tirelessly to clean up and clear up the debris caused by the mudslides and because of their efforts, the part of Glenwood Canyon affected is said to be opening up by this Saturday, according to Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
Governor Polis had this to say about the reopening of the canyon:
We are pushing to get this open as quickly as we can, but of course it has to be safe before we can do that. At this point, we are confident it will be open Saturday afternoon with one lane each way.