Update: Crews work on rocks above closed Glenwood Canyon
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD CANYON, Colorado – Crews were working Tuesday afternoon to stabilize rocks above Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.
The agency said it will have a better idea on when the freeway might reopen when the work is finished.
The interstate has been closed in both directions between Dotsero and Glenwood Springs since about midnight Sunday after about 20 boulders, ranging in size from three to 20 feet, crashed down onto the road. The largest boulder weighed an estimated 66 tons, according to state engineers.
Governor Bill Ritter declared the 17-mile stretch of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon a disaster emergency Monday. The declaration will allow the state to seek funding from the Federal Highway Administration to help pay for repairs.
Department of Transportation program engineer Joe Elsen estimated that repair costs could be as much as $2 million.
Transportation officials are still not ready to estimate when the road will reopen.