GLENWOOD CANYON, Colo. (KDVR) — UPDATE (10:53 p.m.): All lanes of Interstate 70 have reopened after a mudslide was cleaned up in Glenwood Canyon.
UPDATE (7:58 p.m.): CDOT has reopened eastbound traffic on I-70 but westbound remains closed through Glenwood Canyon.
“Eastbound lanes were reopened at 8pm, we are working to clear the mudslide from the westbound lanes, and we’ll continue working tonight to clear the westbound lanes as quickly as possible. The slide did not reach eastbound lanes. The slide is mostly a soupy, dirt and mud mixture with some small rocks mixed in,” CDOT said.
UPDATE (7:42 p.m.): Interstate 70 remains closed in both directions due to a mudslide near the No Name Exit. The closure is between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero, with an additional closure point at West Rifle.
UPDATE (6:57 p.m.): Eastbound traffic on Interstate 70 has reopened but westbound traffic remains closed through Glenwood Canyon.
CDOT provided this information for those traveling in the area:
WESTBOUND I-70: Motorists coming from the Denver metro area or Interstate 25 can travel westbound on I-70 to Silverthorne, then turn north onto CO 9. In Kremmling, travelers should turn onto westbound US Highway 40 towards Steamboat Springs. After reaching Craig, motorists can return south via CO 13 towards Rifle. Access to I-70 westbound is at Rifle.
EASTBOUND I-70: Motorists traveling eastbound from Utah or Grand Junction can reach the Denver Metro area by traveling the route above in reverse.
The alternate route will require approximately 2.5 hours additional travel time to reach your destination, compared to traveling on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. By traveling on the recommended alternate route, motorists can avoid major delays caused by rough roads and other hazards. Before detouring onto any alternate route, motorists should refer to www.cotrip.org for the latest road conditions.
ORIGINAL: According to Colorado State Patrol, Interstate 70 has been closed both directions from Dotsero to Rifle due to debris on the road from the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar.
Below is a map of Colorado Department of Transportation’s suggested alternate route.
No estimated time for the road to be reopened has been reported. This story will be updated with information as it is received.