Both directions of I-70 reopen to limited traffic through Glenwood Canyon after rock slide

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. -- One lane in each direction of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon reopened Thursday, more than a week after a massive rock slide closed the busy highway.

A six-mile stretch of the eastbound lanes will be used, with one lane for eastbound traffic and the second lane for westbound drivers.

Pace cars will still guide vehicles through the area to control speed and traffic flow. A 10-foot width restriction remains in place and drivers in both directions can expect periodic traffic holds as necessary from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will still be delays, the Colorado Department of Transportation said, but drivers won't have to use a 200-mile detour through Steamboat Springs and Craig from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that had been in place the past week.

A rock slide on Feb. 15 closed a 24-mile stretch of the interstate for nearly a week. Earlier on Feb. 15, traffic was slowed in both directions after several boulders fell onto the highway.

Last weekend, one lane the interstate reopened from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. as drivers were guided by pace cars. It was closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as crews worked to remove a large amount of debris.

CDOT estimates it will take another month before both lanes fully reopen in both directions.

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