Crews have reopened westbound Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon after an prolonged closure. Eastbound I-70 is anticipated to open inside the hour. The closure was essential for crews to securely clear a business motorized vehicle that crashed on I-70 east of Glenwood Springs. Highway circumstances will proceed to be out there at COtrip.org.
Statewide – A security closure is in place for Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon for eastbound and westbound visitors attributable to a automobile crash. The prolonged closure is in place between exit 133 (Dotsero) and exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) and is predicted to final at the very least via tonight. The business motorized vehicle crash is situated at Mile Level 124.6, east of Glenwood Springs, and would require in depth elimination operations. The alternate routes will add a number of hours of journey time (extra information beneath). All updates will proceed to put up to COtrip.org. Extra photos will probably be posted on the CDOT Fb web page as they grow to be out there.
One business motorized vehicle was concerned within the crash. The tractor-trailer crashed whereas touring westbound, west of Hanging Lake Tunnel. The trailer is at present blocking westbound visitors, and the tractor traveled over the guardrail down onto eastbound lanes. Secondary crashes additionally occurred close by as autos tried to keep away from the crashed CMV. Crews are working as rapidly and safely as doable to clear the CMV, secondary crashes and motorists ready within the queue behind the crash.
CDOT strongly advises motorists to test climate and journey circumstances earlier than utilizing the northern or southern alternate routes. It is vitally vital to test COtrip.org and climate forecasts earlier than touring on both route. They’re extra distant than I-70 and have restricted cell service in locations. Smartphone customers may also use CDOT’s free COtrip Planner cell app. Drivers ought to anticipate further visitors on these routes.
Northern Alternate Route
To make use of the northern alternate route, westbound motorists from the Denver metro space will exit I-70 at exit 205 (Silverthorne) and journey north on Colorado Freeway 9 in the direction of Kremmling. At Kremmling, vacationers will proceed west on US Freeway 40 till the intersection with Colorado Freeway 13 in Craig. Flip south on CO 13 to finish the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (exits 87 or 90). Eastbound motorists can journey the identical route in reverse. Motorists must be ready for icy and snowpacked areas alongside this route and are inspired to drive for the circumstances.
Southern Alternate Route
To make use of the southern alternate route, westbound motorists from the Denver metro space can journey on US 285 to US 50, and proceed west to Grand Junction. Vacationers on I-70 can use CO 9 to US 285 south to US 50, or use CO 91 southwest to US 24 to US 50. Eastbound motorists touring from the Grand Junction space can use US 50 east to US 285 and proceed to Denver and areas close by.
Know Earlier than You Go
Vacationers are urged to “know before you go.” Collect details about climate forecasts and anticipated journey impacts and present street circumstances previous to hitting the street. CDOT sources embrace:
Keep in mind: Gradual For The Cone Zone
The next ideas are that can assist you keep protected whereas touring via upkeep and building work zones.
- Don’t pace in work zones. Obey the posted pace limits.
- Keep Alert! Count on the sudden.
- Look ahead to employees. Drive with warning.
- Do not change lanes unnecessarily.
- Keep away from utilizing cell units equivalent to telephones whereas driving in work zones.
- Activate headlights in order that employees and different drivers can see you.
- Be particularly alert at night time whereas driving in work zones.
- Count on delays, particularly throughout peak journey occasions.
- Permit ample house between you and the automobile in entrance of you.
- Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to take action.
- Be affected person!
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