I-70 reopens through Glenwood Canyon early Friday morning
Despite recording more than 3 inches of rain in some areas since Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Department of Transportation opened Interstate 70 early Friday morning.
“Crews cleared a couple more small material slides at mile points 120.6, 120.7 WB and 130 EB between 2:45-4:45 a.m. today but have now reopened the canyon,” according to an update sent just after 5 a.m. Friday.
CDOT officials will monitor Friday’s weather forecasts and will go back into a safety closure should the National Weather Service issue a flash flood warning.
Motorists should plan for slower speeds and congestion through the canyon, especially at MP 123.5 where traffic is in the temporary one lane configuration, according to CDOT. The westbound lane closure is a half-mile long and eastbound is 1.5 miles.
Late Thursday night, CDOT said crews were “encouraged by how well the canyon landscape weathered over 3 inches of rain that fell over a 24-hour period.” CDOT crews worked Thursday to clear up three small debris slides in the canyon.
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“Rain gauges throughout the area measured over three inches of rain in several locations,” according to the Thursday night update. “CDOT will continue to follow the same standard traffic safety and detour procedures that have been in place during the previous closure as forecasts dictate. The repairs in Glenwood Canyon have held up through this weather event so far.”
CDOT originally closed I-70 in both directions through Glenwood Canyon at mile points 133 (Dotsero) and MP 116 (Glenwood Springs) at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, due to a flash flood warning.
This is a developing story that will be updated.
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