I-70 reopens in mountains following closure due to rock slide

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DENVER -- A rock slide forced the closure of Interstate 70 in the mountains west of Denver Friday.

The eastbound lanes reopened shortly before 3:30 p.m. The westbound lanes reopened about 5:40 p.m.

The slide occurred at mile marker 248 near Beaver Brook.

Westbound travelers between Beaver Brook and Dumont were turned around to head east, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

U.S. Highway 6 westbound was also closed at I-70 due to the slide, according to CDOT.

The closure led to major traffic delays in the area.

Drivers using alternate routes like US-285 and CO-9 faced delays as well.

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