Canyon traffic switches to separated lanes
The traffic configuration on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon has moved to one lane in each of the eastbound and westbound lanes, eliminating the need for pace cars to be used.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, favorable weather during the daytime I-70 closure Tuesday allowed work crews to make significant progress on new rockfall fencing and road repairs that were necessary to move traffic safely into the westbound lanes.
Those lanes had been severely damaged in a Feb. 15 rockslide that resulted in a nearly weeklong closure of the interstate through Glenwood Canyon.
With the change in the traffic configuration, pace cars will no longer be utilized. However, CDOT officials advised that a heavy Colorado State Patrol presence will continue in the canyon to enforce the 35-mph speed limit through the work zone.
“There is always the chance that we may need to convert back to the head-to-head traffic on the eastbound deck to perform critical work on the westbound lanes,” Justin Kuhn, CDOT project engineer, said in a statement.
“In the event we do that, the pace cars would be reinstated and that configuration would primarily be in place during daytime working hours,” he said.
Safety closures of the Hanging Lake, Grizzly Creek and Shoshone rest areas also remain in effect, with a goal to have those areas open by this weekend, CDOT said.
The Glenwood Canyon bike path also remains closed. Sections of the bike path were damaged in the initial rockslide, and repair work is being done on the path, as well.
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