I-70 in Glenwood Canyon closed ‘most of the day’ due to overnight rockslide
The Aspen Times staff report
Cottonwood Pass and numerous other high-mountain passes are closed in the winter, including Highway 82 over Independence Pass east of Aspen. The Bustang bus route from Denver to Grand Junction will stop at Eagle, officials said Tuesday morning. With snow in the Glenwood Springs-area forecast through Wednesday, travel advisories are out for other western Colorado highways, as well. The state’s passenger vehicle traction law and a requirement for commercial vehicles to use chains are in effect for Highway 133 over McClure Pass south of Carbondale. The stretch of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is prone to rock slides, in particular the section west of the Hanging Lake Tunnel. A major rockslide on Feb. 15, 2016, resulted in a near week-long closure in both directions and lengthy detours north via U.S. 40 and south along U.S. 50. The canyon was open to one lane only in both directions after six days, but using a pilot car to guide traffic in alternating fashion for several weeks. I-70 through the canyon was not fully reopened until the middle of April that year, after $5 million in emergency repairs. CDOT said the average daily traffic for Glenwood Canyon is around 300 vehicles per hour. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
ROAD CLOSURE— CSP Public Affairs (@CSP_News) February 5, 2019
Glenwood Canyon is CLOSED in both directions due to large rockslide. Crews will be evaluating safety at daylight. Expect extended closure. Alt Route is HWY 131 (Wolcott) to HWY 40 (Steamboat) to HWY 13 (RIFLE). DO NOT USE Cottonwood Pass! pic.twitter.com/Pg7iG9Lb6i
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