Both eastbound and westbound sides of Interstate 70 stay closed successful Glenwood Canyon owed to dense debris travel adjacent and astatine the roadway, officials said Friday.
There are closures astatine Exit 87 successful West Rifle, Exit 109 astatine Canyon Creek, Exit 116 successful Glenwood Springs and Exit 133 successful Dotsero, owed to flash flooding imaginable successful the Grizzly Creek pain scar, which was created by wide wildfire past twelvemonth and has seen dense rainfall successful the past day.
This is the latest successful a bid of closures successful the country this summer.
The Colorado Department of Transportation offered nary timeline for reopening, but officials said it appears westbound question could reopen faster than eastbound question will, perchance aboriginal today.
“If we gave you an estimation and we missed it we’d person a batch of cranky radical connected our hands,” CDOT spokeswoman Tracy Trulove said.
This closure volition adhd hours for travelers who instrumentality the alternate route. Coming westbound, that way takes drivers northbound connected Colorado 9, westbound connected U.S. 40 astatine Kremmling toward Steamboat Springs, done Hayden and Craig, past southbound connected Colorado 13 toward Rifle, wherever entree to I-70 westbound resumes. The directions are successful reverse for eastbound travelers.
Officials on that way person reported large postulation and frankincense slowdowns for drivers. Long stretches of the way see conscionable 1 lane successful each direction, and respective sections of roadway with debased velocity limits and postulation limits zones towns, specified arsenic Steamboat Springs and Craig, positive a operation task astatine Rabbit Ears Pass.
Officials encouraged travelers to consult cotrip.org for the latest information, and to beryllium wary of navigation apps similar Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze, which tin sometimes mislead travelers.
Mike Goolsby, a proscription manager for CDOT, said that areas of peculiar interest see mile marker 129.4, wherever the drainage strategy is plugged, and mile marker 122.4, wherever debris travel dammed disconnected the stream and toppled a motorcycle way and the eastbound question information of the highway.
There is much rainfall imaginable successful the country Friday and implicit the weekend, which Goolsby said could adhd “insult to injury.”
He besides said “we’re stretched beauteous thin” due to the fact that of different flash flooding concerns astir the state, including successful Poudre Canyon, wherever 1 pistillate died this week and three others are reported missing.