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A website has been launched to keep the public informed about the planning and design for a new connect road from I-70 to the Eagle County Regional Airport.

The airport, which serves the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Resorts, is located adjacent to U.S. Highway 6 between the towns of Eagle and Gypsum.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is currently nearing completion of an Environmental Assessment of the I-70 to Eagle Airport interchange. It is anticipated that the project will be given a green light.

The next step is the design of the interchange. The project will include a new exit off I-70, a connector roadway including a 2,100-foot-long bridge over the Eagle River Valley, and an intersection at Cooley Mesa Road.

As the project progresses, updated information will be available at http://www.eagleairportinterchange.com.

The busy I-70 corridor was closed to westbound traffic for three hours Wednesday night after a truck pulling a trailer tipped going around a bend near the Hanging Lane tunnel, skidded approximately 684 feet, and blocked westbound lanes.

The accident occurred at about 8 p.m., just 11 hours before a massive rockslide closed the same stretch of the road.

The driver, Kenneth Campbell, 48, of Parowan, Utah, was wearing his seat belt and was transported to Valley View Hospital where he was released with minor injuries.

The crash occurred at approximately 8 p.m. when the Campbell failed to negotiate a right-hand turn while exciting the Hanging Lane tunnel. The incident closed traffic at the Bair Ranch rest area and at Dotsero. Motorists were allowed to turn around and head east. Several motorists elected to wait out the road closure.

Westbound traffic was closed from 8:05 to 11 p.m. Speed was a factor in the crash. Campbell was served with a summons for careless driving.


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