Glenwood Canyon rockfall work along I-70 wraps up

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. (AP) - Transportation officials say a rockfall mitigation project that's meant to improve safety in western Colorado's Glenwood Canyon has finished up.

The Post Independent reports that crews have installed protective fences along the canyon wall above Interstate 70 in the Hanging Lake area. Project manager Jim Stepisnik says the work was completed Tuesday ahead of a Sept. 15 contract deadline and came in just under the $2 million budget.

Crews have spent four months creating and installing the protective fencing by hand.

The work is meant to prevent the repeat of February's rock slide, which sent boulders the size of small cars onto the road. The slide closed down the canyon for nearly a week, the longest since I-70 was built through the canyon 24 years ago.

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Information from: Post Independent, http://www.postindependent.com/

Copyright 2016 Associated Press


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