I-70 west re-opened following mudslide
UPDATE (2:46 a.m.): The highway has re-opened, please drive safely.
UPDATE (7:09 p.m): Interstate 70 west is now closed at exit 133 – Dotsero. As of 7 p.m. CDOT was working on draining water from the westbound lanes to the eastbound lanes through a series of drainage pipes. Once the water is drained CDOT will then start working on clearing mud and debris from the roadway.
CDOT spokesperson Breanna Rogers said the department hopes to have one westbound lane open to relieve traffic buildup. However, no timetable for that was given. No further updates at this time.
UPDATE: (7:00 p.m.): There is no estimated time of reopening. No injuries have been reported.
The State Patrol advises sitting it out, as there isn’t a good alternate route. Southbound Colorado Highway 133 over McClure Pass has also been closed near Paonia Reservoir due to a rockslide.
UPDATE (3:45 p.m.): Eastbound is now also closed for an estimated two hours, according to Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
I-70 westbound has been closed at mile marker 114 due to a mudslide.
According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gary Cutler, a “mudslide with rocks in it” occurred at 110 westbound along I-70 at around 2:25 p.m.
There is no estimated time as to when I-70 westbound will reopen.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.