CDOT: Fire in Glenwood Canyon contained

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

May 10, 4:37 pm – UPDATE on the wildfire in Glenwood Canyon. The fire is contained and crews are in mop-up mode. Crews were able to keep the fire at 1/4 acre.

Assisting agencies include Union Pacific Railroad, Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit East and Central Zones, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office – Colorado, and Colorado River Fire Rescue.

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

May 10, 3:34 pm – We are on scene of a small brush fire in Glenwood Canyon, around mile marker 122. The fire is on the south side of the river, and is roughly 1/4 acre in size. There is no threat to the public at this time.

Estamos en la escena de un pequeño incendio de maleza en Glenwood Canyon, alrededor del marcador de milla 122. El incendio está en el lado sur de la interestatal, y tiene aproximadamente 1/4 de acre de tamaño. No hay amenaza para el público en este momento.

Colorado Department of Transportation

May 10, 3:28 pm – Between Exit 121: Grizzly Creek and Exit 123: Shoshone (Glenwood Springs) at Mile Point 121.7. Fire activity, not threatening I-70. There is a right lane closure for eastbound traffic to assist emergency response to the fire.

Do not call 911 if you see smoke in this area.

CDOT: Fire in Glenwood Canyon contained

Westbound I-70 near Glenwood Canyon reopened after closure

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

3.16.22, 1:20 p.m. – I-70 is open at mile-marker 133 westbound, Dotsero.

Colorado Department of Transportation

3.16.22, 8 a.m. – Westbound I-70 near Glenwood Canyon is closed due to a commercial motor vehicle crash. The westbound closure is in place between exit 133 (Dotsero) and exit 129 (Bair Ranch). Westbound motorists should plan for an extended closure today and use an alternate route. Eastbound is open with one lane.

Crews will be working as quickly and safely as possible to remove the crashed tractor-trailer. A significant factor is the trailer is torn open and the entire load must be cleared and offloaded. Then a crane will likely be used to remove the empty trailer.

Updates and conditions will continue to be posted to COtrip.org.

Semi in Glenwood Canyon blocking westbound traffic
Glenwood Canyon closure

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

3.16.22, 7:46 a.m. – I-70 is closed at mile marker 133, westbound, Dotsero, due to an accident. No estimated time for reopening.

Westbound I-70 near Glenwood Canyon reopened after closure

I-70 closed in Glenwood Canyon following multi-vehicle crash

Colorado State Patrol

1.3.22, UPDATE – 3:04 p.m. – ROAD OPEN: Interstate 70 in BOTH directions is now open through the Glenwood Canyon, following a multi-car crash. With sub-zero temps, roadways are still icy! Please take your time and SLOW DOWN!

Colorado Department of Transportation

1.3.22, UPDATE – 12 p.m. – Emergency responders continue to work to safely clear the crash. All real time updates will continue to be posted to cotrip.org, CDOT’s Twitter page, and are available by dialing 5-1-1.

Colorado State Patrol

1.3.22 – 11:04 a.m. – ROAD CLOSED due to multi-car crash in Glenwood Canyon. I-70 is closed in both directions due to a 17 car crash (15 cars and 2 commercial motor vehicles (CMV’s)). Injuries are reported. Emergency crews are on scene trying to clear the incident.

photos: Colorado State Patrol

Colorado Department of Transportation

Travel Impact | I-70 is closed both directions through Glenwood Canyon

I-70 is closed both directions between milepost 116 and 133 through Glenwood Canyon following a multi-vehicle crash.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

1.3.22 – 10:05 a.m.: I-70 is closed at mile marker 133 westbound, Dotsero, due to an accident.

1.3.22 – 9:52 a.m.: I-70 is closed at mile marker 116 eastbound, Glenwood Springs, due to an accident.

I-70 closed in Glenwood Canyon following multi-vehicle crash

CDOT: I-70 Glenwood Canyon emergency project begins to make permanent repairs

Colorado Department of Transportation

Contracted team has begun assessing and repairing damaged areas

GARFIELD/EAGLE COUNTIES – The Colorado Department of Transportation has awarded contractor partner, Colorado-based Lawrence Construction, the I-70 Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project. Motorists traveling on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon should anticipate delays, as well as intermittent daytime and nighttime closures, due to repair work. On July 29 and 31, the canyon was impacted by several major materials slides, including mudslides. The debris did considerable damage to the interstate at Mile Point 123.5, known as Blue Gulch.

“We are encouraged to get this project kicked off and have a contractor that mobilized so quickly and is using a plethora of local help,” said CDOT Executive Director, Shoshana Lew. “We understand how impactful the closures of the canyon are on the local economy. Governor Polis has been clear that he wants everything completed before Thanksgiving, and we are optimistic we will have the interstate back open to four lanes at this location by the end of November.”

Crews have been actively setting up permanent traffic control barriers at the Blue Gulch location, where a majority of the repair work will start. The initial damage and clean up after the materials slides required an extended closure of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon to ensure the safety of the traveling public. I-70 in the canyon is now open, with the Blue Gulch section of roadway down to one lane each direction due to temporary and long term repairs.

At MP 123.5, crews are excavating mudslide material surrounding the 7’x7’ concrete box culvert that runs beneath the interstate from Blue Gulch to the river. CDOT crews have uncovered the culvert inlet, which was severely damaged due to the mudslides. The contractor team now is working to determine how much debris is in the culvert and the extent of the damage and repairs that will need to be made.

Additionally, crews are excavating and hauling debris from the MP 123.5 location to begin the first phase of roadway and retaining wall reconstruction. Portions of the eastbound roadway retaining wall adjacent to the recreation path were destroyed or severely damaged in the event. This wall infrastructure supports the eastbound lanes.

On the westbound deck, removal and rebuilding of the damaged parapet wall, and concrete deck will be in tandem with the work on the culvert. 

Repairs to the recreation path will round out the project as well as continued debris removal, railing and barrier repair at several locations throughout the canyon that experienced material slides.

Lawrence Construction is using several local subcontractors that all have experience in Glenwood Canyon. The subs are from Gypsum, Silt, Carbondale and Grand Junction. 

TRAVEL IMPACTS

  • Work is scheduled Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • There is currently a permanent one lane closure at mile point 123.5. westbound the closure is ½ mile long, eastbound the closure is 1.5 miles long.
  • Intermittent lane closures should be expected for utility work that will also be present in the canyon.
  • Several night closures are identified in the contract in order to perform safety critical work that would be difficult to perform under live traffic. Those closures will impact one direction of travel at a time and cannot be consecutive nights. A robust outreach plan is in place to alert locals and visitors of these closures at least 72 hours before they are initiated.
  • Motorists should anticipate delays depending on traffic volumes.
  • It is imperative for motorists to drive the posted speed limit through the work zone and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Travelers are urged to slow down, obey the posted lowered speed limit and avoid all distractions.

This current phase of the emergency project is $6.1M.

Stay informed and connect with the project

Project information is available at: 

CDOT: I-70 Glenwood Canyon emergency project begins to make permanent repairs

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon open

Colorado Department of Transportation

Friday, Aug. 20 @5:00 a.m. I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is OPEN between Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) and Exit 133 (Dotsero).

  • Crews are closely monitoring weather forecasts today and are prepared to go back into a safety closure should the National Weather Service issue a flash flood WARNING. 
  • Motorists should plan for slower speeds and congestion through the canyon, especially at MP 123.5 where traffic is in the temporary one lane configuration.The WB lane closure is ½ long and EB 1.5 miles.
CDOT: Glenwood Canyon open

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon may open by daybreak

Colorado Department of Transportation

CDOT encouraged by condition of I-70 Glenwood Canyon after consistent precipitation, anticipated to open by daybreak

Crews clearing three small material slides this evening

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Barring any further weather impacts through the night, CDOT crews anticipate opening I-70 Glenwood Canyon by daybreak on Friday, Aug. 20. Crews were encouraged by how well the canyon landscape weathered over three inches of rain that fell over a 24 hour period.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for continued precipitation to dissipate in the early morning hours. Crews have already commenced cleaning up three small material slides in several areas that have seen activity before.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed Interstate 70 in both directions through Glenwood Canyon at mile points 133 (Dotsero) and MP 116 (Glenwood Springs) at 4:20 p.m. on Aug. 18 due to a Flash Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service. 

Rain gauges throughout the area measured over three inches of rain in several locations. CDOT will continue to follow the same standard traffic safety and detour procedures that have been in place during the previous closure as forecasts dictate. The repairs in Glenwood Canyon have held up through this weather event so far.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Travelers 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:

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon may open by daybreak

CDOT: Travel alert for I-70 Glenwood Canyon, NWS: monsoons return

Colorado Department of Transportation

Showers/storms in western Colorado are forecasted tomorrow afternoon, 8/18.

Note: If a Flash Flood Warning is in effect, expect Glenwood Canyon to close for safety. Check COtrip.org to plan ahead.

National Weather Service

Today brought another day of warmer temperatures, then clouds and thunderstorms will bring some heat relief Wednesday and Thursday.

CDOT: Travel alert for I-70 Glenwood Canyon, NWS: monsoons return

Governor Polis, CDOT announce I-70 open ahead of schedule

Colorado Governor’s Office

CDOT working around the clock to clear Glenwood Canyon

GLENWOOD CANYON – Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Executive Director Shoshana Lew announced that I-70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions this morning–ahead of the schedule set by Governor Polis earlier this week. CDOT will continue to provide operational updates and media materials as work in Glenwood Canyon continues.

“Our team has worked tirelessly to get Glenwood Canyon on I-70 opened as soon as possible and we have made each minute count. I’m thrilled that we are delivering a few hours ahead of schedule. Every moment counts. I want to thank Shoshana Lew for her leadership on this effort as CDOT has worked day and night to safely clear a path. It has been an all-hands-on-deck effort to get the canyon reopened from the mudslides which covered parts of the highway with fifteen feet of rock and sludge,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We know that the longer-term repairs will take time and that, as we battle new challenges to our infrastructure with climate change, alternative routes for the I-70 corridor become more urgent.  Our administration is focused on the short, medium, and long term response and recovery from this incident.”

This Wednesday, Governor Polis and CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew observed the extensive damage and around-the-clock repair and debris clearing efforts performed by CDOT.

“There’s going to be a lot to see as you’re driving on I-70 and we know that this will be interesting for all those traversing through the canyon,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “But we urge motorists to please keep your eyes on the roadway. We already expect traffic to be slower through the canyon due to the temporary road configuration and reduced speed limits. The last thing we need is distracted driving, or worse, a crash in the canyon which would inevitably force a closure of I-70. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in keeping the road open and maintaining this vital connection for people and communities nearby.” 

Coloradans can find the latest updates and information on alternative routes at  www.codot.gov/travel/glenwoodcanyon

Governor Polis, CDOT announce I-70 open ahead of schedule

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon open one lane eastbound and westbound

Colorado State Patrol

Aug. 14, 10:51 a.m. – Expect dust, dirt AND slower speed limits through the Glenwood Canyon with multiple lane closures in various locations. Thank you, CDOT, for your dedication, long hours, and hard work getting the road open.

Colorado Department of Transportation

TRAVEL UPDATE | ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION OPEN – Glenwood Canyon

UPDATE – 7:05 a.m. (8/14/21) – I-70 Glenwood Canyon is OPEN.

I-70 Glenwood Canyon is open both eastbound and westbound from mile post 116 (Glenwood Springs) to mile post 133 (Dotsero).

Garco 911

I-70 is open between mile-markers mm 116 (Glenwood Springs) to mm 133 (Dotsero) both directions. Motorists should plan for slower speeds and congestion through the canyon, especially at mm 123.5 where traffic is in the temporary one lane configuration.

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon open one lane eastbound and westbound

CDOT: I-70 Glenwood Canyon safety closure update: Tuesday, Aug. 10

Colorado Department of Transportation

Good weather all day on Monday meant no interruptions for crews at work in Glenwood Canyon. 195 loads of slide material such as mud, rocks and trees (approximately 13 tons per load) were hauled out on Monday to dumpsites at Mile Points 119 (No Name) and 133 (Dotsero) on I-70, and Mile Point 9.3 on Colorado Highway 82. There was not an official weather watch on Monday from NOAA and there was no precipitation at the burn scar or in the canyon.

Interstate clean up

On the east end of the canyon (east of Hanging Lake Tunnel): crews continued cleaning from Hanging Lake Tunnel to Bair Ranch, loading trucks with 120 loads on Monday. Crews also focused on cleaning for the second time an 8′ x 12’ box culvert at Ty Gulch (MP 129.8). Crews were able to clean about halfway through and also exposed three 48” culverts that will be cleaned out today (Tuesday). The priority will be to continue cleaning up all the slides from Hanging Lake Tunnel to Bair Ranch on the eastbound lanes as there is still a lot of material in this area. 

On the west end of the canyon (west of Hanging Lake Tunnel): crews hauled 75 loads on Monday and continued to excavate debris mud at the MP 123.5 eastbound (at Blue Gulch). The west side crew will concentrate on the north side of MP 123.5 to expose a buried box culvert and start making a pad for “super sacks” to sit tomorrow. The goal is to place 60 super sacks, or bags of bedding sand, to the north of the roadway to help protect against future debris flows in that area. Crews were also able to clean debris at MP 123.6 westbound.         

Engineering update

CDOT’s engineering teams were able to conduct in-depth assessments of roadway damage at MP 123.5 (Blue Gulch) made possible by the weekend slide material removal progress. Overall, CDOT believes that the roadway infrastructure can accommodate reopening westbound I-70 to one lane after additional slide material is removed and temporary barriers, rockfall protection and other roadway safety devices are installed to safely temporarily re-open westbound with lane restrictions. This confirmation will help expedite the temporary westbound I-70 reopening timeline.

The engineering teams were also able to verify that the eastbound I-70 remaining roadway infrastructure can also accommodate reopening eastbound I-70 to one lane after approximately 100 feet of roadway embankment and temporary asphalt pavement  is reconstructed along with the necessary roadway safety devices. 

The engineering teams will be conducting additional inspections today at Blue Gulch. CDOT is also coordinating with Xcel Energy at Blue Gulch as Xcel’s infrastructure includes a high voltage line that provides service to CDOT’s Hanging Lake Tunnels and other major Xcel facilities within Glenwood Canyon. CDOT was able to re-establish power to the Hanging Lake Tunnels via a redundant feed from Holy Cross Energy.

Traffic control points at the Exit 87, CO 6 & 13 bypass, and at MP 133 are now being run by a contractor. CDOT and contractor crews are jointly managing Exit 116; CDOT is still manning both sides of CO 82 Independence Pass until the contractor can mobilize more flaggers.

CDOT: I-70 Glenwood Canyon safety closure update: Tuesday, Aug. 10