Rockfall work completed early; |

Rockfall work completed early;

Staff Report

Interstate 70 is open through Glenwood Canyon after crews finished work placing fencing materials earlier than expected, and Thursday’s closure has been cancelled.

“Ideal flying conditions and employing a Blackhawk helicopter allowed crews to install 12 steel posts and deliver all fencing materials to the hillside,” Mike Fowler, Project Engineer. “We are pleased with today’s operations and progress. The helicopter operations were efficient and accurate, allowing us to finish work in one day.”

Wednesday’s closure of Glenwood Canyon was the last this rockfall mitigation project will require, said Kathleen Wanatowicz, the project’s public information manager.

An expected fourth full-day closure anticipated for sometime before September will also not be necessary, said Wanatowicz.

Some rockfall mitigation work will continue, however, so I-70’s westbound lane will be reduced to one lane near mile marker 125 west of Hanging Lake Tunnel, where equipment will continue to be staged. And 30-minute traffic holds may be necessary in this area as crane work continues on lower elevation fences.

Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a stuck semi on the Lake County side of Independence Pass Wednesday morning.

Independence Pass has a 35-foot vehicle length restriction, and Colorado Department of Transportation has warned drivers that the pass is not a viable alternate route for oversized vehicles during canyon closures.

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