Update: I-70 reopens in both directions following a power outage | SummitDaily.com

Update: I-70 reopens in both directions following a power outage

2:50 p.m. update: CDOT spokesperson Tim Hoover said power has been restored, safety systems are back in place and all traffic is being released in both directions on Interstate 70 following a closure due a power outage affecting the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

2:20 p.m. update: Cars backed up traffic on the Interstate 70 eastbound lanes are being allowed through the Johnson Tunnel, while trucks are being measured manually to determine if it is safe for them to pass through. Westbound traffic is still closed.

CDOT spokesperson Tim Hoover said technicians determined that heavy winds on the east side of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels caused power outage.

Original story:

Interstate 70 is closed in both directions between exit 205 in Silverthorne and exit 216 at Loveland Pass due to safety concerns created by an electrical fault at the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

As of 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, CDOT spokesperson Tim Hoover said power has been restored after an outage just over an hour long, but the interstate remains closed as CDOT works to restore safety systems. He said technicians are en route to determine the cause of the power outage, as CDOT still does not know the cause.

Hoover said CDOT is unsure if the power shortage stemmed from an internal or external issue and that more information will be available after technicians arrive.

Hoover said westbound traffic is being diverted at exit 216 over U.S. Highway 6 on Loveland Pass, while eastbound traffic can also access Loveland Pass by getting off the interstate at exit 205.

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