GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (KDVR) — After weeks of shutting down Colorado’s most traveled highway due to mudslides through Glenwood Canyon, Colorado Department of Transportation hopes to stick to its timeline to reopen Interstate 70 on Saturday afternoon.
Weather will be a big factor in what a reopening will look like, as the threat of flash floods and mudslides could force CDOT to shut down the mountain corridor once again.
As for when the highway will fully reopen with both lanes in each direction, that timeline is still murky. CDOT hopes to bid out a contract and get an emergency crew in for major repairs to the road and a retaining wall by Aug. 23.
They tentatively hope the full highway will be open with two lanes in each direction by Thanksgiving.
Operations are currently focused on sweeping the roadway in preparation for the opening. Crews also started paving the damaged sections of I-70 at mile point 123.5.
CDOT remains confident it will be able to open the canyon safely tomorrow with one lane in each direction. The agency is telling drivers to move slow through the canyon, as there will be reduced speed limits.
Officials outlined what to expect when driving through the canyon Friday afternoon. You can watch the press conference on FOX31 NOW in the player above.