Glenwood Canyon closure canceled, project nears end
EAGLE COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Wednesday the cancellation of a scheduled closure of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon. That closure was first set for Wednesday and Thursday, but helicopter operations that required both eastbound and westbound lane closures through the canyon were completed in just one day. That work was required for an extensive rockfall mitigation project.
“Ideal flying conditions and employing a Blackhawk helicopter allowed crews to install 12 steel posts and deliver all fencing materials to the hillside,” Project Engineer Mike Fowler said Wednesday. “We are pleased with today’s operations and progress. The helicopter operations were efficient and accurate, allowing us to finish work in one day.”
Construction crews will now turn to installing fencing to the posts. The project will continue to need a one-lane closure westbound at mile point 125 west of the Hanging Lake Tunnel to stage construction vehicles and supplies.
The Colorado Department of Transportation launched the permanent rockfall project May 9 in response to the major February rockslide on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. The anticipated completion date is Sept. 1. The project budget is estimated at around $2 million. This project is classified as an emergency project and engineering was awarded to SGM and construction awarded to Yenter Companies.
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