Mud and Rock Slides Force Indefinite Closure of Stretch of I-70 in Colorado
Denver, CO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced the indefinite closure of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon as a result of “extreme damage” from heavy rain and flooding over the weekend.
Officials on Sunday stated I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is expected to be closed “indefinitely” at Exit 87 (West Rifle), Exit 109 (Canyon Creek), Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) and Exit 133 (Dotsero), due to recent mud and rock slides.
Senior operations supervisors and engineering staff with CDOT described the damage as “anything they had seen before.”
According to the ColoradoSun.com, I-70 in Glenwood Canyon has experienced “intermittent closures” over the past several weeks.
Rain in the area has caused rocks and mud — which were loosened by a wildfire last year — to fall onto, and subsequently, damage the roadway below.
Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area should exit I-70 at Exit 205 (Silverthorne) and travel north on Colorado Highway 9 towards Kremmling.
Travelers will continue west on US Highway 40 and then south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (Exit 90), CDOT stated.
Eastbound travelers can detour using the same route as stated above, only in reverse.
Be advised, the recommended detour adds several hours.
Specifically as it relates to commercial motor vehicle travel, CDOT recommends trucks planning to travel through Colorado take I-80 through Wyoming.
You can log onto COTrip.org for the latest status on road conditions in the State.