Glenwood Canyon closed Wednesday, Thursday

EAGLE COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation will close Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

The closure is necessary for continued rockfall safety work using a helicopter at mile point 124.2, just west of the Hanging Lake Tunnel.

During these operations, the eastbound closure point is at Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) and the westbound closure point is at Exit 133 (Dotsero). The Colorado State Patrol will assist with traffic mitigation and all vehicles must exit. Queuing will not be allowed.

“We understand the impact these closures pose to motorists and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work diligently to complete the work,” Colorado Department of Transportation Region 3 Communications Manager Tracy Trulove said. “However, we again urge travelers to plan ahead and schedule to drive through the Glenwood Canyon before 9 a.m. or wait until the canyon is reopened at 3:30 p.m. and anticipate heavy traffic at the beginning and end points an hour before and two hours after reopening due to vehicle congestion.”

Alternate routes include:

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• Exit 116 eastbound to State Highway 82 (Aspen/Independence Pass) to U.S. Highway 24 (Buena Vista) to State Highway 91 (Copper Mountain/Leadville) to Eastbound I-70. This route is only for vehicles under 35 feet in length.

At Exit 195, westbound motorists can take State Highway 91 to U.S. Highway 24 toward Buena Vista, then north on State Highway 82 (Independence Pass/Aspen) to Glenwood Springs.

• From Eagle County, take State Highway 131 (Wolcott) to Steamboat Springs, west on U.S. Highway 40 to Craig, then south on State Highway 13 to Rifle and back to I-70.

• For commercial vehicles, truck parking is available at Exit 133 (Dotsero).

• The Bustang bus to and from Denver will be operating to and from Glenwood Springs. To view that schedule, go to http://www.ride

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