70 closures planned for Wed and Thu
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo (KKCO) If you are planning to travel through Glenwood Canyon on Wednesday and Thursday, you will need to plan your trip to avoid closures.
CDOT said the closure is necessary to allow helicopters to deliver 13 steel posts (1,800 2,800 pounds each) that will support high impact protective rockfall fences. The helicopters will hover the steel poles into position on the canyon slopes while crews fix the poles into concrete foundations.
The fences are part of an approximate $1.7 million project that began in early May.pandora earrings They are being positioned in an area where a rockfall in February closed the interstate for days.
Officials said the new 16 foot fences are some of the biggest (in terms of size in strength) in the country and will be able to catch rocks that are 6 7 foot in diameter.
CDOT said all vehicles must exit. Colorado State Patrol will be assisting with traffic detours and will not allow queuing on I 70 before the 3:30 opening time.
If delaying travel is not possible, CDOT has a few recommended alternate routes for passenger vehicles. Eastbound travelers can take US 50 through Montrose to Salida and then US 24/285 to the Front Range. Westbound travelers can reverse the route
Front Range motorists can take CO 91 (Copper/Leadville at I 70 Exit 195) to US 24 (Buena Vista) north to CO 82 (Independence Pass/Aspen) to Glenwood Springs. Eastbound travelers can reverse the route.
Eastbound travelers can also take CO 13 from Rifle to Craig, US 40 to Steamboat Springs, and CO 131 to Wolcott and I 70. Westbound travelers can reverse the route.
Commercial vehicle parking will be available for westbound commercial traffic at Exit 133 (Dotsero).
Officials said work is anticipated to continue until September 1. While there will be lane restrictions related to some of the work, no more complete closures are planned.