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I-70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel back open after three-hour closure

A few crashes caused highway patrol to shut down Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel in both directions Sunday morning.
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A safety closure for both lanes of Interstate 70 at the entrance to the Eisenhower Tunnel Sunday morning has been lifted. 

The closure was announced around 11 a.m., CDOT said. Hazmat staging had to be implemented at both entrances to the I-70 tunnels. Loveland Pass was open for vehicles carrying hazardous materials. A commercial vehicle chain law is still in effect for U.S. 6.

According to Trooper Schaefer with Colorado State Patrol, the closure had to be implemented because of a handful of crashes in the area of the tunnel. There have been no deaths, he said. Some are injury crashes while others are property crashes.

CDOT tweeted at around 2:15 Sunday afternoon that the closure had been lifted.

Roads throughout Colorado are troublesome. Nowhere in the northern half of the state managed to escape at least a little snow. Parts of the High Country nearly saw 3 feet of snow while the metro saw around 4 inches on average.

I-70 has been a mess since Saturday morning when the snow began pummeling areas around the road. CDOT is reporting a slowdown of two hours near Golden along the interstate.

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