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Hanging Lake Tunnel repairs continue

Post Independent Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

A helicopter transports foam blocks from the Hanging Lake Rest Area to the top of a portion of Hanging Lake Tunnels. (Contributed photo)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A single lane in each direction on Interstate 70 through the Hanging Lake Tunnels will remain closed for the near future.

The closure, through Oct. 19, will facilitate restriping and completion of work on barriers at either end of the tunnels in Glenwood Canyon, east of Glenwood Springs, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The Hanging Lake Rest Area will also stay closed until Friday, Oct. 12, at about noon. Helicopter crews are picking up foam blocks that have been temporarily stored there. The blocks will replace some of the dirt that was excavated to repair the crack above the eastbound tunnel. They should help absorb the impact from possible future rockfall and lighten the load on top of the tunnel.

CDOT closed the eastbound lanes on March 30 and has since repaired a 70-foot crack in the concrete above them. The repair work was estimated to cost as much as $6 million.

Also causing closures is a $2.7 million project to rehabilitate the lining of the No Name Tunnels east of Glenwood Springs. Single-lane closures in each direction will remain constant until the work is suspended for winter, probably in early December, according to CDOT.

That project involves removal of the porcelain painted metal tunnel lining, repair of any existing cracks if necessary, and the replacement of lining with ceramic tiles, CDOT said in a news release. Work will also include some guardrail replacement.