I-70 has been reopened between Silverthorne and Empire | SummitDaily.com

I-70 has been reopened between Silverthorne and Empire

UPDATE at 5:54 p.m.: Both eastbound and westbound lanes have been reopened along I-70 from Silverthorne to Empire, according to an update from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

UPDATE at 3:07 p.m.: Interstate 70 has be reopened between Copper Mountain and Frisco, according to representatives from CDOT. Avalanche mitigation work in the area has been completed.

The closure of I-70 between Silverthorne and Herman Gulch will continue for several more hours. According to Tracy Trulove of CDOT, the eastbound lane is expected to open earlier at around 7 p.m., while the westbound lane is expected to open sometime around 9 p.m. Though Trulove noted that as crews continue to work, it’s possible the closures will end earlier.

UPDATE at 1:48 p.m.: According to an update from CDOT, the closure of I-70 from Silverthorne to Empire is expected to last until this evening, at least six more hours. Additionally, I-70 between Copper Mountain and Exit 201 in Frisco has been closed again in both directions.

UPDATE at 1:19 p.m.: The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced that westbound I-70 lanes are now open from Frisco to Copper Mountain. Eastbound I-70 remains closed at Copper Mountain.

UPDATE at 12:57 p.m.: In addition to other ongoing closures in the area, the Colorado Department of Transportation has closed both east and westbound I-70 between Frisco and Copper Mountain. There is no estimated time to reopen the road.

UPDATE at 11:15 a.m.: Several roads are currently closed around the mountain corridor due to avalanche mitigation work in the area this morning.

According to representatives with the Colorado Department of Transportation, avalanche mitigation work this morning at the Bethel avalanche path, between Eisenhower Tunnel and Herman Gulch, created a slide that dropped about eight feet of snow on the eastbound lane of I-70, and about 15 feet on the westbound lanes. While the slide was controlled, a lot more snow came down than anticipated. There were no injuries or cars trapped in the slide.

CDOT expects closures for the next several hours from Exit 205 at Silverthorne all the way through Herman Gulch. For motorists trapped on I-70, local law enforcement is working to help them turn around where possible.

Because Loveland Pass is also closed, CDOT is advising that drivers trying to head east out of Summit County — or west into the county — utilize CO 9 over Hoosier Pass to US 285 into the Denver area. CDOT is also advising drivers in the Winter Park area to take CO 9 over Hoosier Pass from Kremmling, meaning heavy, slow moving traffic.

Additionally, CDOT is currently working on another avalanche mitigation project at Ten Mile Canyon near Copper Mountain, where a pair of avalanches hit I-70 on Sunday. Representatives with CDOT don’t anticipate a large slide after the path naturally cleared itself this weekend.

According to Summit County Dispatch, westbound I-70 is now closed at Exits 201 and 203, meaning that travelers heading west from Silverthorne are required to get off at Exit 203 in Frisco.

UPDATE at 9:53 a.m.: As the Colorado Department of Transportation works to clear snow off the road along I-70, the department has also closed US 6 at Loveland Pass due to avalanche control work.


The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed I-70 in both directions between Herman Gulch and Silverthorne for avalanche reduction work.

CDOT crews conducted avalanche mitigation this morning, which resulted in snow coming across all travel lanes. Crews are working to remove the snow pack at this time. CDOT estimates the closure may take up to four hours.

The closure comes after two avalanches struck Sunday along Interstate 70 in Summit County’s Ten Mile Canyon. Multiple travelers captured videos of Sunday’s slides and posted them to social media.

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