Rising river threatens Interstate 70 | AspenTimes.com

Rising river threatens Interstate 70

Grand Junction Free Press Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” State highway officials say a stretch of Interstate 70 in western Colorado will be reduced to a single lane in each direction through Memorial Day weekend because of the threat of flooding along the Colorado River.

The closed lanes, west of Grand Junction, will be occupied by crews monitoring bridges and water levels, and clearing debris around the clock, the Colorado Department of Transportation said in a news release.

Speed limits will be reduced to 50 mph in the impacted stretch ” from Skipper’s Island Bridge (mile 16.7) between the west end of Grand Junction (exit 22) and Loma (exit 14). Westbound lanes were closed Thursday night as the river rose.

Mesa County officials, however, said Friday that the worst of the flooding may be over.

“Barring any significant changes in the weather, local officials are predicting that water levels will continue to drop over the next couple of days,” the county said in a news release.

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