Both bores of tunnel open |

Both bores of tunnel open

SUMMIT COUNTY – Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews reopened both bores of the Eisenhower Tunnel Thursday, one day earlier than originally anticipated.

CDOT shut the west bore of the tunnel after they learned that water from excessive spring runoff and rainfall had softened the soil around a culvert that runs under Interstate 70. A similar situation near east Vail resulted in a massive sinkhole in the westbound lanes of the highway.

Crews shut the west bore last week and diverted one-way traffic in each direction into the east bore so they could replace about 20 feet of the pipe.

Highway 6 over Loveland Pass, however, will remain closed to all traffic between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., Sunday through Tuesday, to complete bridge repairs. All trucks carrying hazardous materials will be allowed through the tunnel, but only at the top of each hour.

Work on Highway 6 will be suspended over the Fourth of July holiday, from July 3 to 7.

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