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EB I-70 fully reopens after CDOT determines bridge is safe

A full closure was put in place early Thursday after a commercial truck hit the Denver West Bridge over the highway causing damage.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado — Eastbound Interstate 70 under the Denver West bridge fully re-opened shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday following a thorough structure inspection after it was struck by a commercial vehicle, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) said.

A commercial vehicle struck one of the girders of the Denver West bridge over I-70 at about 6 a.m., causing a full closure of eastbound I-70 and the bridge as a safety precaution. 

The Denver West bridge also re-opened, but the right lane of the southbound bridge deck will be closed for an extended period, according to CDOT.

Following an inspection, CDOT bridge engineers found minor damage to one of multiple girders supporting the bridge. After determining the structure is safe, crews re-opened eastbound I-70.

The damage will be repaired under an emergency contract in the coming weeks. 

CDOT will monitor the bridge to ensure its safety until repairs are made.

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