NEWS

HEAD TO HEAD TRAFFIC THROUGH GW CANYON TO BEGIN SOON

Glenwood Springs—10 days after a massive rockslide shut down Colorado’s main east-west thoroughfare, I-70 is finally reopening…at least part of it is.  This afternoon around 4 o’clock, the Colorado Department of Transportation will scrap the pilot car configuration using a one lane, limited hours escort between Dotsero and Glenwood Springs and switch to a pace car leading motorists east and west simultaneously.  C-DOT spokesperson Amy Ford says this new approach using both lanes of the less-damaged eastbound side will be operational around the clock with no time restrictions.  She says however motorists should plan on delays even with the pace car, possibly up to one hour in each direction.  Ford says the pace car is necessary to guide people through because of the 12 foot width restriction and the fact that there’s no shoulder.  C-DOT crews hope to have at least one lane open on both sides of the interstate within a week or so.  Total repairs aren’t expected to be complete for at least another month and could cost up to five million dollars.

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