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I-70 on Eastern Plains reopens after adverse weather

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A dust storm on the Eastern Plains forced the closure of Interstate 70 on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. This picture was taken two miles west of Cheyenne Wells. (Credit: Twitter @AmericanFFEMT)

BURLINGTON, Colo. — A 17-mile stretch of Interstate 70 on the Eastern Plains was closed in both directions Tuesday because of adverse weather, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

The highway was closed between Stratton (mile marker 419) and Burlington (mile marker 437) because of strong winds and blowing dust.

The stretch of roadway reopened shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to a tweet from CDOT.