CDOT: Glenwood Canyon road impacts Jan. 18-21

The project teams will be off the interstate on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. Work will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The CDOT team will implement a full eastbound night closure of I-70 Glenwood Canyon on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 11:55 p.m. to Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 6 a.m. from Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to Exit 133 (Dotsero). The official closure point for eastbound motorists will be Exit 87 (West Rifle) in order to guide commercial vehicles to Colorado Highway 13 as the identified alternate route. Eastbound motorists seeking to access Glenwood Springs or the Roaring Fork Valley will be able to continue eastbound on I-70.

Westbound will remain open. This closure is necessary to place a crane on I-70 next to the Colorado River at MP 124.4. The crane is necessary for crews to deliver a conveyor belt to this location, equipment that will be instrumental in removing material from the riverbed up to the I-70 highway deck. The material will then be hauled out of the canyon.

Off-haul operations continue at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch and MP 124.5/Wagon Gulch. Motorists should anticipate slower speeds throughout the canyon and an increase in truck traffic. Crews continue to utilize an eastbound single lane closure in place from MP 123 to 124.5. Work is weather dependent and motorists are reminded to drive the posted speeds through the work zone and drive for conditions.

The GeoHazard project team anticipates they will restart the rockfall fence project sometime in late February/early March.

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here.

Anticipated traffic impacts
? There will be an eastbound right lane closure from mile point 123-124.5 for the
Colorado River recovery work.
? Work is scheduled Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The IHC Scott team will be working 11
hour shifts from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
? In the coming weeks, work may take place at night or on the weekends if necessary to
complete work before the end of April.

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Project information is available at:

? Project website
? Project information hotline: 970-319-1887
? Project email: I70GlenwoodCanyon@gmail.com

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon road impacts Jan. 18-21

I-70 Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

Week of January 3-7, 2022

I-70 Glenwood Canyon debris flow locations.
Off haul operations on
I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.

Welcome to the New Year!
The project moves into the Colorado River Recovery phase this week.
Work will resume on Monday, Jan. 3 with an eastbound right lane closure from mile point
123.5-124.5. Contractors, Lawrence Construction and IHC Scott will utilize the same lane
closure.
The IHC Scott project team will mobilize equipment to the Union Pacific railyard and the
equipment will be taken into the canyon by train on Wednesday. Off haul operations will then
begin at the Devil’s Hole location (MP 124.4).
Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week
or over the weekend. In order to maintain a safe working environment, work is weather
dependent.
Happy Holidays and safe travels!

The GeoHazard project team will reevaluate the schedule this week and determine if they
can take advantage of any possible closures the river recovery projects will be implementing.
Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road
conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is
also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website
by clicking here.
Anticipated Traffic Impacts
There will be an eastbound right lane closure from mile point 123.5-124.5 for the
debris removal as Colorado River recovery begins.
Stay Informed and Connect with the Project
Project information is available at:
? Project website:
https://www.codot.gov/projects/glenwood-canyon-emergency-repairs-2021
? Project information hotline: 970-319-1887
? Project email: I70GlenwoodCanyon@gmail.com

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for drivers to safely navigate Colorado roads. Visit the new mobile-friendly COtrip website at
COtrip.org.
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I-70 Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project

I-70 Glenwood Canyon recovery work shifts to Colorado River

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

Repairs on eastbound traffic lanes complete and rock removal continues

GLENWOOD CANYON—Road repairs on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon are complete, and work is now shifting from road repair to removing material from the Colorado River ahead of the spring run off season. Removing material will significantly mitigate—or reduce—the risk of spring flooding. The Federal Highway Administration has concurred that mitigating the risk of runoff is critical to protecting the interstate and will reimburse the state’s costs pursuant to the emergency relief program supporting the repairs to Interstate 70 over the past several months.

Crews are now preparing to remove large material piles from the river, which were created in summer 2021 by mudslides and other material flows. The river recovery work is the next step as CDOT continues to prepare I-70, the Glenwood Canyon recreation path and other infrastructure in the canyon for potential material flows and rockfall activity in spring 2022. Crews continue to conduct rock removal from the canyon walls and rockfall fences above I-70. All work in Glenwood Canyon is weather permitting and may have delays due to winter conditions.

Though two lanes are now functional in each direction of I-70 at locations that were damaged, motorists should expect an eastbound lane closure after 8 a.m. This is because a lane closure is necessary to haul material out of the river. Motorists should anticipate traffic will generally operate normally between 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. every day, with lane closures going into effect after 8 a.m., in order to reduce traffic impacts on the morning commute. The eastbound lane closure will primarily affect one mile of roadway where material flow was most severe, roughly Mile Points 123.5-124.5. 

One overnight closure may be necessary for crane operations, in order to mobilize equipment into the river. Night work will take place only as needed to ensure adequate material is removed prior to spring runoff to protect the interstate. Crews will coordinate to minimize closures as much as possible, and will monitor slowdowns and other traffic impacts. 

There will be other occasional, intermittent traffic impacts in both the westbound and eastbound directions. Periodic one lane westbound closures will be needed to perform rockfall mitigation work. Occasional I-70 traffic holds will be necessary to allow crews to access, repair and clean out damaged rockfall fences on the canyon walls above I-70. Holds will be for both directions of traffic and will last 20-30 minutes. These required holds are expected to be occasional, and not daily. Please see below for detailed information about traffic impacts.

Two contractors have been selected to perform river recovery operations, and they will work together to minimize their traffic footprint and streamline operations. 

“Over the last several months, crews have worked hard to repair the roadway itself—including repairing damage to both westbound and eastbound structures at Blue Gulch and elsewhere.  Now, the focus of the work turns to removing material from the Colorado River while continuing rockfall mitigation and other resiliency efforts to strengthen the area for the future,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “We are pleased to have two contractors on board to help with this important effort, and appreciative of their careful planning to work together and minimize impacts to the traveling public.” 

Lawrence  Construction will continue work with debris off haul from the Blue Gulch (MP 123.5) and Wagon Gulch (MP 124.5) material pile locations. Lawrence has already been mobilized in the canyon for roadway infrastructure repairs at Blue Gulch and has begun off-haul operations from Wagon Gulch. IHC Scott has been selected for material removal at two locations in the Colorado River: Unnamed (MP 124) and Devils Hole (MP 124.4). Removal will also take place at Deadman Gulch (MP 122.8) and Maneater (MP 121.8) this winter at a later date. Please see below for a map of the material locations. 

The current rockfall removal project will continue into 2022. Crews continue to remove rock caught by rockfall fencing, repair fencing and remove loose rock from the canyon walls. Midwest Rockfall, Inc. is the contractor on the rock fence repairs.


Anticipated Traffic Impacts
Eastbound right lane closures will be in effect Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-dusk each day.Contractors will work together to use the same eastbound right lane closure from Mile Point 123.5-124.5 in order to limit traffic impacts. Four of the largest material flows are in this section. Traffic control will be set up and taken down each day. Traffic control will not be in place from 6-8 a.m. each day to avoid affecting commuter traffic. River recovery work is anticipated to last until April of 2022.Work is contingent on weather forecasts.

Project Information
For additional information about this project:Call the project information line at 970-319-1887Email the project team at: I70GlenwoodCanyon@gmail.comVisit the project website at: https://www.codot.gov/projects/glenwood-canyon-emergency-repairs-2021Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:Road conditions and travel information: COtrip.org Download the COtrip Planner app: bit.ly/3DYCDOHSign up for project or travel alerts: bit.ly/COalertsSee scheduled construction lane closures: bit.ly/3rO1bHkConnect with @ColoradoDOT on social media: TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

Remember: Slow For The Cone Zone
The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.Watch for workers. Drive with caution.Don’t change lanes unnecessarily.Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.Be patient!

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I-70 Glenwood Canyon recovery work shifts to Colorado River

CDOT: I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project work for Dec. 13-17

Colorado Department of Transportation

Crews completed work on the concrete box culvert at mile point 123.5/Blue Gulch. The focus is to complete barrier repairs at this location in order to reopen to two lanes eastbound.

Contractor, Sturgeon Electric, is working to relocate overhead electrical lines.

Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week. In order to maintain a safe working environment, work is weather dependent.

Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Wagon Gulch location continues.

Debris from the summer mudslides is downsized from behind a rockfall fence above the roadway near MP 124.2. Crews are working to move and scale material to clean and repair the fence.

On Tuesday, Dec. 14, Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 16 safety critical rock scaling operations will continue to remove debris and repair damage to eight existing rockfall fences on the north slope in Glenwood Canyon.

While rocks are being scaled, traffic stops on I-70 will be required for westbound traffic only. Traffic holds for eastbound traffic will be intermittent for safety critical operations, but could expand if necessary. These holds are expected to last 20-30 minutes, depending on the work taking place, before traffic is released. The hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and crews will be monitoring traffic impacts. This work is contingent on the weather forecast. Motorists should expect delays due to traffic volumes.

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here

Anticipated Traffic Impacts

  • An extended eastbound single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. There is a 12’-6” width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

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CDOT: I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project work for Dec. 13-17

CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Dec. 6-11

Colorado Department of Transportation

Debris from the summer mudslides is removed from a rockfall fence above the roadway near MP 124.2. Crews are working to move and scale material to clean and repair the fence.

Work on the eastbound lanes of the interstate at mile point 123.5/Blue Gulch continues with the concrete box culvert repairs. The team will then move to paving the eastbound lanes as well as concrete work on the barriers and guardrail installation.

Currently, there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week. 

Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Wagon Gulch location continues.

The CDOT Geohazard team is working concurrently with the emergency project in the canyon. On Tuesday, Dec. 7, Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Thursday, Dec. 9 safety critical rock scaling operations will be taking place to remove debris and repair damage to eight existing rockfall fences on the north slope in Glenwood Canyon.

While rocks are being scaled, traffic stops on I-70 will be required for westbound traffic only. Traffic holds for eastbound traffic will be intermittent for safety critical operations, but could expand if necessary. These holds are expected to last 20-30 minutes, depending on the work taking place, before traffic is released. The hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and crews will be monitoring traffic impacts. This work is contingent on the weather forecast. Motorists should expect delays due to traffic volumes.

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here

Anticipated traffic impacts

  • An extended eastbound single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. There is a 12’-6” width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

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CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Dec. 6-11

CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Nov. 29 – Dec. 3

Colorado Department of Transportation

Work next week

The CDOT GeoHazards team is working concurrently with the emergency project in the canyon. Next week on Tuesday, Nov. 30, Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2 safety critical helicopter operations will be taking place to remove debris and repair damage to eight existing rockfall fences on the north slope in Glenwood Canyon.

When the helicopter is airborne, traffic stops on I-70 will be required for eastbound and westbound traffic. These holds are expected to last 20-30 minutes, depending on the work taking place, before traffic is released. The hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and crews will be monitoring traffic impacts. This work is contingent on the weather forecast.

The westbound lanes of I-70 at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch are now fully open. Commercial vehicle restrictions have been updated for current project work zone conditions. The eastbound lanes remain in a one-lane configuration while repairs are made to the concrete box culvert at this location. Motorists should expect delays due to traffic volumes.

Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week. 

Work to remove debris from the river begins this week.

Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Wagon Gulch location continues.

Next phase of repairs to the concrete box culvert located in the median and left eastbound lane at MP 124.5.

At MP 126.5, on the riverside, there is about 560’ of railing removal and then replacement that will commence.

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here

Anticipated traffic impacts

  • An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. The eastbound single lane closure is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and the westbound single lane closure is .5 miles long.  There is a 12’-6” width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

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Project information is available at: 

CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Nov. 29 – Dec. 3

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon Traffic Impacts week of November 20-24, 2021

CDOT
I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project


Mile Point 123.5 Blue Gulch


Finished westbound lanes at mile point 123.5 allowing for two full lanes to be open

Progress this week

Great news! The westbound lanes of I-70 at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch are now fully open.
Commercial vehicle restrictions have been updated for current project work zone conditions.

Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week,
over the weekend or next week. Due to favorable weather forecasted, the project team plans
to continue working through the weekend. The work will be in the permanent lane closed at
MP 123.5 but with the increase in weekend traffic volumes, motorists should anticipate
possible impacts and slower moving traffic in the area. Crews will not be working Thursday,
Nov. 25-28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Traffic on the eastbound section has now been switched to the right lane in a single lane
configuration. Work will begin on the concrete box culvert, fiber optic lines, concrete
pavement and guardrail for the left lane and shoulder reconstruction.

Work to remove debris from the river is anticipated to begin in December. There will also be
work to clear material from rockfall fencing above I-70.

Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Wagon Gulch location
continues.

At MP 126.5, on the riverside, there is about 560’ of railing removal and then replacement
that will commence.

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road
conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is
also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website
by clicking here.


Anticipated Traffic Impacts

? An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. The eastbound single
lane closure is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and the westbound single lane
closure is .5 miles long. There is a 12’-6” width restriction in place for commercial
vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

Stay Informed and Connect with the Project
Project information is available at:
? Project website: https://www.codot.gov/projects/glenwood-canyon-emergency-repairs-2021
? Project information hotline: 970-319-1887
? Project email: I70GlenwoodCanyon@gmail.com

CDOT launched a new, easy-to-use COtrip website and mobile app with an updated 511 map
for drivers to safely navigate Colorado roads. Visit the new mobile-friendly COtrip website at
COtrip.org.


Download the COtrip Planner App!
The new COtrip Planner smartphone app was designed to meet the growing trend of
information on mobile and tablet devices for the traveling public. The COtrip app provides
statewide, real-time traffic information, and works on smartphones and tablets that operate
on the iOS and Android platforms.
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CDOT: Glenwood Canyon Traffic Impacts week of November 20-24, 2021

CDOT: Traffic impacts Nov. 15-20 – Glenwood Canyon

Colorado Department of Transportation

Prepping the right lane eastbound for concrete at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch.
Prepping the right lane eastbound for concrete at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project – mile point 123.5, Blue Gulch

Progress this week

Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week. Due to favorable weather forecasted, the project team plans to continue working through the weekend. The work will be in the permanent lane closed at MP 123.5 but with the increase in weekend traffic volumes, motorists should anticipate possible impacts and slower moving traffic in the area.

Upcoming work eastbound includes concrete paving and asphalt patching. Once the eastbound right lane is paved, traffic will be shifted to this side to begin the final stage of repairs to the median and left lane.

Work to remove debris from the river is anticipated to begin in December. 

Debris stabilization continues both eastbound and westbound at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch.

Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Devils Hole location continues.

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here

Anticipated traffic impacts

  • An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. The eastbound single lane closure is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and the westbound single lane closure is .5 miles long. There is a 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

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Project information is available at: 

CDOT: Traffic impacts Nov. 15-20 – Glenwood Canyon

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts, Nov. 8-14

Backfilling the reconstructed eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch.

Progress this week

Currently, there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week. Due to favorable weather forecasted, the project team plans to continue working through the weekend. The work will be in the permanent lane closed at MP 123.5 but with the increase in weekend traffic volumes, motorists should anticipate possible impacts and slower moving traffic in the area.

Debris stabilization continues both eastbound and westbound at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch.

Upcoming work eastbound includes polyester concrete overlay and asphalt patching.

On the westbound deck, milling will continue to the existing polyester concrete.

Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Devils Hole location continues.

Upcoming work includes concrete paving and asphalt patching at various locations. 

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here.

Anticipated traffic impacts

  • An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. The eastbound single lane closure is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and the westbound single lane closure is .5 miles long. There is a 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

Stay informed and connect with the project

Project information is available at: 

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts, Nov. 8-14

CDOT traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Oct. 25-29

Newly poured concrete on the westbound parapet wall at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch work zone.

Progress this week

Crews completed the removal of shoring materials on the westbound deck of I-70 on Thursday night (10/21) during an overnight closure. The work was completed from the safe vantage point of the closed eastbound lanes. 

Concrete was poured for the eastbound retaining wall footer at Mile Point 123.5 on the riverside. 

Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week. 

Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Devils Hole location continues.

Upcoming work includes concrete paving and asphalt patching at various locations. 

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here.

Anticipated traffic impacts

  • An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. The eastbound single lane closure is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and the westbound single lane closure is .5 miles long. There is a 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon. 
Concrete footers poured on the eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5 in Glenwood Canyon.
Concrete footers poured on the eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5.

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Project information is available at: 

CDOT traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Oct. 25-29