State officials say Glenwood Canyon could open today |

State officials say Glenwood Canyon could open today

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyState highway crews expect to have enough rock cleaned up and highway damaged repaired to open two lanes of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon some time today.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Colorado Department of Transportation geologists returned from the scene of blasting work Wednesday evening and were satisfied with the results.

According to a Thursday morning news release officials are expecting to open traffic lanes later today through Glenwood Canyon. Interstate 70 through the canyon is already being set up for two-way traffic in the eastbound lanes, and will re-open when the remaining rocks from the blast have been cleaned up and needed repairs are made.

Crews blasted a rock roughly 900 feet up the north wall of the canyon that state geologists said could fall next. After the blast, geologists said the blasting work had succeeded in bringing down the rocks they were concerned about.

The area near the Hanging Lake exit in Glenwood Canyon has been closed due to a massive rock slide since early Monday morning. Traffic since then has been routed over a roughly 200-mile detour from Rifle to Craig, Steamboat Springs and Wolcott.

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