GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — A stretch of Interstate 70 was closed Wednesday night after a mudslide in Glenwood Canyon.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) said I-70 was closed between West Rifle and Dotsero. The slide happened at 5 p.m. and was located between No Name and Grizzly Creek east of Glenwood Springs.
CDOT announced just before 9 p.m. that the road had reopened.
The slide was mostly water with some mud and debris, CDOT said, with material in the eastbound and westbound lanes.
Crews immediately began clearing the slide with pre-positioned equipment, according to CDOT. The deepest part of the slide was 1.5 feet against the roadway barrier, and water and debris filled a culvert next to the roadway up to nine feet deep.
Mudslides in 2021 prompted a safety closure on I-70 for about two weeks. There were no mudslide-related closures in 2022, and this was the first one of 2023. CDOT said they have conducted extensive rockfall and debris flow prevention work in Glenwood Canyon and will continue to do so periodically.
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