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Glenwood Canyon will be open Thursday

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EAGLE COUNTY — Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon will be open Thursday. The Colorado Department of Transportation had scheduled a highway closure for that date, but, helicopter operations for rockfall mitigation were cancelled due to challenging downdrafts.

"Future closures in the canyon will now be scheduled to complete the necessary rockfall fencing work. Motorists will want to visit the Colorado Department of Transportation website, http://www.cotrip.org for future dates," Project Engineer Mike Fowler said.

Canyon closures will be planned during the lower traffic volumes in the Glenwood Canyon. Closures will take place on either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Colorado Department of Transportation launched the permanent rockfall project May 9 in response to a 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.

The public information hotline number is 970-618-1457 or email the project team at glenwoodcanyoninfo@gmail.com.

To receive project and/or lane closure notifications to your email or mobile device, sign up at http://www.codot.gov and choose the envelope icon at the bottom of the page. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and on the department's Facebook page.