Update (8:30 PM): Both directions I-70 open through Glenwood Canyon.
Update (6:30 PM): C-DOT says there are two small mudslides that need to be cleared before the road reopens. There is no estimate for reopening the road.
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Both directions of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon are closed due to a Flash Flood Warning. All eastbound traffic has to exit at mile 87 (west Rifle). Westbound traffic has to exit at mile 133 (Dotsero). Local traffic is being allowed on I-70 to Glenwood Springs.
The Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 5:35 PM tonight. The road may remain closed longer, depending on whether there is, and how much, mud and debris are on the roadway.
The preferred alternate route around the closure is: Colorado Highway 13 north from Rifle to Craig; east on US Highway 40 from Craig to Kremmling; South on Colorado Highway 9 from Kremmling to Silverthorne. (See image below).
Only local traffic is allowed on Cottonwood Pass.
Any vehicle over 35 feet is always prohibited on Independence Pass.