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Closure of Interstate 70 near Idaho Springs postponed indefinitely

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Interstate 70 at exit 240 in Idaho Springs will be closed overnight Jan. 2, Jan. 3 and Jan. 4 for bridge work.

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. — With more snow in the forecast, bridge work in Idaho Springs that will force the closure of Interstate 70 in both directions has been postponed indefinitely, the Colorado Department of Transportation said Friday.

The four-night closure was supposed to begin Thursday, but snow forced a delay until Friday night. But on Friday morning, CDOT said it was postponing the work because of anticipated snow this weekend.

The interstate was to be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next three nights at exit 240 for initial girder settings for a new bridge over the highway.

“Construction schedules in the mountains are never a given, especially during the winter season,” CDOT Region Transportation Director Tony DeVito said in a statement. “We make educated decisions as to when we schedule work — or postpone it — according to so many variables including weather and traffic volumes.

“We focus on efficiency and safety, with our goal being to have as little impact as possible on motorists, ensuring that they get to their destinations safely. When questions about efficiency or safety arise, we must act and make decisions in the best interest of the traveling public.”

CDOT did not say when the work and subsequent closures would occur.

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