Work begins on I-70 near Silverthorne |

Work begins on I-70 near Silverthorne

Summit Daily News Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado
Crews work Friday on replacing a rusted culvert that resulted in a sinkhole on Interstate 70 near Silverthorne on Thursday. (Courtesy the Colorado Department of Transportation)

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. ” The Colorado Department of Transportation began replacing a washed-out culvert beneath the westbound lanes of Interstate 70, east of Silverthorne, on Friday morning. Traffic is limited to one lane.

Crews began the work under the right and middle lanes, leaving the left lane for motorists, according to CDOT. The interstate began to cave in above the culvert on Thursday, creating a 4-by-6-foot depression.

At some point, traffic will be moved onto the right and middle lanes, so work can begin under the left lane. CDOT expects that move to occur by Friday night.

Two lanes will remain open through the weekend and the left lane will remain closed until the culvert work resumes on Monday, CDOT said.

The old, rusted 24-inch metal culvert is being replaced with a 36-inch concrete culvert.