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Rock mitigation work to cause I-70 delays

REID WILLIAMSsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – Drivers headed to Denver and back on Monday and Tuesday should plan for a little extra time as Colorado Department of Transportation projects are scheduled to have traffic stopped intermittently throughout those days.CDOT workers will be conducting rock mitigation – scaling and fencing to ensure rocks don’t calve from cliff faces into traffic – along Interstate 70 at the Georgetown hill. Between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., crews will stop traffic several times throughout the two days for up to 20 minutes at a time. One to two stops per hour are expected, according to a CDOT press release.CDOT spokeswoman Stacy Stegman said Saturday that the agency has planned for the repairs since a massive rockfall last April damaged fencing and the highway below. That rock slide, which occurred at 1:30 a.m., closed eastbound traffic for five hours and westbound for nearly eight hours. Witnesses reported car-sized boulders tumbling onto the interstate, causing collisions between tractor trailers and spilling fuel. One driver was hospitalized with injuries.A similar slide near Glenwood Springs at Thanksgiving caused millions of dollars in damage to I-70 and closed the highway for several days.Westbound traffic will be stopped at the Georgetown exit; eastbound traffic will be stopped at the Silver Plume exit. Westbound traffic will also see the right lane closed during the same hours for the remainder of the week as work continues.Motorists will face other possible delays along the corridor. CDOT crews are also working on I-70 between Bakerville and the C-470 interchange (miles 220-261), between Empire and Downieville and at the Golden exit.For statewide construction and road information, call (303) 573-ROAD or log on to http://www.dot.state.co.us.


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