I-70 back open in both directions | SummitDaily.com

I-70 back open in both directions

Highway travel in the mountains west of Denver remains at a standstill this morning, with mountains passes and the tunnel shut down by snow. I-70 and the tunnel were back open around 8:40 but Loveland and Berthoud passes remain closed.

The highway and passes were shut down by heavy snow and “adverse” conditions, Towne said.

The passes closed at about 11 a.m. Monday, said Stacey Stegman, a CDOT spokeswoman. The tunnel shut down at about 3:30 a.m. today.

“We need to do some avalanche control work and make sure they are safe before we reopen,” Stegman said.

Snow and fierce winds, creating ground blizzards, along with the heightened avalanche danger forced the shutdowns, Stegman said.

Traffic on the highway from Silverthorne to Denver yesterday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the final day of three-day weekend for many people – took hours longer than usual because of the volume and snow.

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