I-70 Through Glenwood Canyon Expected to be Open for Several Hours Tonight

CDOT’s Amy Ford says after bringing down three to four additional boulders today, road crews are confident opening Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon at approximately 6:00 PM Sunday.  Ford says rock scalers brought down approximately 400 tons of rock since the rock slide which closed the road late Monday night.

Local CDOT Public Information Officer Tracy Trulove says the road will be closed again every day starting Monday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for permanent rockfall mitigation for the next several days though.

When I-70 is open, there will be a single lane of traffic for the full length of Glenwood Canyon, with a pilot car escorting a single direction of travel at a time from the Grizzly Creek exit to the east side of Hanging Lake Tunnels between 4:00 PM and 9:00 AM.

Trulove says delays of approximately one hour are expected when the road is open.  Anyone needing to drive through the canyon will need to be on the road before the daily closure begins in order to get through the canyon.

Trulove also says travelers needing to get to Denver from Western Colorado during periods when I-70 through Glenwood Canyon are closed are advised to use Colorado Highway 9 rather than Highway 131.  (Colorado Highway 13 from Rifle to Craig, US 40 to Kremmling, then Highway 9 to Silverthorne.)