Glenwood Canyon open Thursday; wind halts work |

Glenwood Canyon open Thursday; wind halts work

Challenging downdrafts in Glenwood Canyon forced crews to halt helicopter work on a rockfall mitigation project that was expected to close Interstate 70 during the day Thursday.

As a result, I-70 will be open through the canyon on Thursday.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has not rescheduled the work. The agency said in a news release it will look for a time of low traffic volume in the canyon, possibly a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. When the work is rescheduled, I-70 likely will be closed from from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as was the case Wednesday.

“Future closures in the canyon will now be scheduled to complete the necessary rockfall fencing work,” said Mike Fowler, project engineer.

The closure on Wednesday created high traffic from downtown Aspen to the airport as drivers took Colorado 82 over Independence Pass. Seven oversize vehicles were turned back at the winter closure gate just beyond Aspen.

Meanwhile, two semis stalled on Cottonwood Pass road, which CDOT had advised against using as a detour.