KUSA - Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon remains closed through Thursday and Friday after a rockslide on Monday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
CDOT says they are looking to reopen the highway on Saturday depending on weather.
In the meantime, here's alternate routes:
- Option 1: US 50: Grand Junction to Pueblo (5h35min. 298mi.)
- Option 1: North on CO-131 at Wolcott to Steamboat Springs. South on CO-13 to I-70 in Rifle.
- Option 2: US-50 at Grand Junction to US-285 at Poncha Springs to CO-470 (5h43min. 311 mi.)
West on US-40 to Craig.
Snowy weather in the mountains has slowed down repairs to Interstate 70. CDOT has been unable to use a helicopter to transport equipment because of bad weather. They are hauling all necessary equipment by hand, which sets repairs back several hours.
CDOT is installing about 160 feet of new fencing along the roadway. They are also bringing down rocks by hand and using air bags to tilt rocks forward and bring them down safely.
When Interstate 70 reopens, CDOT says they will alternate between east and westbound traffic on the east side using a pilot car. The alternating traffic will stretch for six miles, starting on the east side of Hanging Lake Tunnel and extending to the Grizzly Creek area. This will program will likely be in place for several days. CDOT says drivers should expect delays of at least an hour. Commercial motor vehicles will be allowed through the area.
According to CDOT, there was an additional rock fall Thursday morning at mile marker 117. The fall temporarily knocked out power in the area. CDOT says they are actively monitoring the situation.
CDOT estimates the cost of the repair is between $2 million and $5 million. They are considering applying for a federal disaster declaration. The process would require a request from the governor's office. If the request is approved by the federal government, the state could pursue emergency repair funding and permanent repair funding. Emergency repair funding covers 100 percent of the cost of repairs. Permanent repair funding splits the cost between the federal government and the state of Colorado.
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