Expect traffic stops in Glenwood Canyon Thursday
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Motorists traveling through Glenwood Canyon on Interstate 70 on Thursday should expect intermittent, 20-minute traffic stops as more rockfall mitigation work continues, Colorado Department of Transportation officials said.
Traffic stops will be in the area between Grizzly Creek and the Hanging Lake Tunnels between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The stops are needed to allow for helicopter operations as rockfall netting is being installed on the slope above the interstate where a major rockslide occurred on Feb. 15.
The incident resulted in a near week-long closure of I-70 through the canyon, and continued two-way, head-to-head traffic as mitigation and repair efforts progress.
“We are hopeful that by accelerating this work utilizing the helicopter operations that our GeoHazards team can complete the netting necessary to allow the road repairs to begin on the westbound deck,” said Damian Leyba, CDOT project engineer.
A helicopter will be lifting fencing materials into place on the 1,000-foot slope above the roadway, Leyba explained.
“Helicopter operations can be delicate in nature, so closing the road intermittently strikes the best balance between safety and keeping traffic moving,” he said.
The current two-way, head-to-head traffic using pace cars to control speeds is expected to continue into next week, CDOT Region 3 spokeswoman Tracy Trulove said.
“Motorists are reminded to turn on headlights for safety and that there is a heavy Colorado State Patrol presence in the canyon,” she said.
Posted speeds in the canyon are 35 mph and no passing is allowed in the two-way traffic zone.
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