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I-70 rock slide on 2/15/16 in Glenwood Canyon, complete fix will take several weeks

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

A major rock slide will make for a long detour while I-70 is closed between Gypsum and Glenwood Springs.  When one lane can be opened, traffic will follow a pilot car around the slide area.  Could take several weeks for all lanes to be open again.

 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/16/massive-rock-slide-closes-major-colorado-highway-indefinitely.html?intcmp=hplnws

 

http://www.summitdaily.com/news/20681656-113/i-70-closed-at-glenwood-canyon-until-thursday-after

post #2 of 17

Wow

 

Just drove thru there last week.

post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by kano View Post
 

Wow

 

Just drove thru there last week.


So did I a week ago Sunday

post #4 of 17

This is going to suck.  I'm hitting Aspen this weekend, then over to the Vail area on Sunday night.  It sounds like they're going to be closed all weekend now.  I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it to spend the night in Steamboat and get to Vail as early as I can Monday.  That's alot of extra driving.

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

Apparently using a pilot car for one lane of traffic won't happen until Saturday 2/20 at the earliest.

post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post
 

This is going to suck.  I'm hitting Aspen this weekend, then over to the Vail area on Sunday night.  It sounds like they're going to be closed all weekend now.  I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it to spend the night in Steamboat and get to Vail as early as I can Monday.  That's alot of extra driving.


No option to stay in Aspen and skip Vail?

post #7 of 17

I've got 3 days left on an Epic 7 day pass.  I've never skied Vail, Beaver, Keystone, or Breckenridge, so I'm motivated to get past the slide.  I've also sunk $$$ into the house rental in Edwards already.  I'd be leaving about a grand on the table and missing out on skiing with good friends.  So, knock out the 2 Mtn Collective freebies in Aspen while staying in Carbondale and hope the pass is open on Sunday is my best option.  Looks like the Super 8 in Steamboat has rooms; plus, I can spend the evening at the hot springs, so the second option isn't too horrible.

post #8 of 17

Google maps, smartphone apps complicate I-70 detour due to rock slide:

 

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29550977/google-maps-smart-phone-apps-complicate-i-70

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

Status on CDOT website as of 2/23/16:

 

I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is open to traffic 4pm to 9am, with a 10 ft. width restriction, in a pilot car configuration. Eastbound alternating traffic will occur at Exit 116 in Glenwood Springs and Westbound traffic at Exit 129 at Bair Ranch rest area. Pilot car operations will continue overnights until 9am when daily closures will begin 9am to 4pm until further notice for additional rockfall mitigation efforts. Traffic delays up to two hours or more should be expected.

 

 

Anyone thinking of using CME from Denver airport to Aspen should call to see if that service is running or not.

post #10 of 17

I went around through Steamboat on Sunday/Monday.  I came back through Steamboat too, since it was about the same distance.  It didn't seem as though Aspen crowds were affected.

post #11 of 17
It couldn't possibly have been crowded?
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

Sounds like there is a lane available in each direction on I-70 now using the eastbound side, with a pilot car.  A news report on 2/25 said that it could be a month before all lanes are open again.

 

http://kdvr.com/2016/02/25/crews-to-reopen-two-way-traffic-on-i-70-in-glenwood-canyon-after-rock-slide/

post #13 of 17
I drove it both ways last weekend. (Thursday night and 1000 AM Sunday) No significant delay.
post #14 of 17
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As of 3/10/16, one lane was open in each direction on I-70 near Glenwood where the rock slide in Feb closed the road for a while.  The speed limit is 35 mph in the work zone.

 

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29621245/more-i-70-reopens-glenwood-canyon-though-rock 

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

Status about the same in late March.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146420/need-i70-feedback-from-vail-side-going-to-aspen-3-30-16

 

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Originally Posted by skier31 View Post

Just drove WB through Glenwood Canyon about 1 hour ago. No problem. Speed limit reduced and one lane each direction.

You can check cotrip.org to make sure no closures on the day you are traveling. Unlikely but possible.

 

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post #16 of 17
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Was the rock slide section still being fixed before the latest April blizzard?

post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 

Guess the answer is yes.  Work was completed by 4/13/2016, a bit ahead of schedule.

 

https://www.codot.gov/news/2016-news-releases/04-2016/i-70-glenwood-canyon-fully-open-today

 

 
Quote:
April 13, 2016 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Project team completes work 23-days earlier than originally planned
 
GARFIELD COUNTY —Just a few days shy of two months after the initial rockfall incident that closed Glenwood Canyon, the project team has completed the necessary repairs to get I-70 open to four lanes of travel. Repairs to the Glenwood Canyon bike path have also been completed although the path is still closed from Shoshone to Hanging Lake rest area until later this week.

The emergency project was completed 23-days ahead of the original schedule.

 

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