ROCKSLIDE CLOSES I-70 BOTH WAYS, GLENWOOD-DOTSERO | AspenTimes.com

ROCKSLIDE CLOSES I-70 BOTH WAYS, GLENWOOD-DOTSERO

Staff Report

A rockslide this morning has closed Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

The slide is just west of the Hanging Lake tunnels in the eastbound lanes at about mile marker 125, a common spot for rockfall.

A CDOT geological hazard crew is en route to assess the situation, requiring the agency to close the interstate in both directions between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero.

“There’s still some movement on the slope,” CDOT spokeswoman Tracy Trulove said.

It’s unknown how long the closure, which began at 8:22 a.m., would last, Trulove said.

She said seven to eight 1-ton boulders fell onto the interstate. No vehicles were involved and no one was hurt.

Guy Patterson, De Beque’s town manager, was stopped by the slide and emailed pictures to the Post Independent. He said cracks and other damage to the road was obvious.

Jeff Szentmartony of Idaho Falls was at a West Glenwood convenience store at mid-morning after pulling off of I-70. He was headed home, pulling his camper, after camping at Rifle Falls State Park. He called 511 to see what was going on and heard that the road was closed indefinitely.

“When the rain’s this much, it has a tendency to slide,” Szentmartony said. “It is what it is, I’m not going to get upset about it.”

To get around the backup, he was going to take Independence Pass.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.


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