CDOT to close part of I-70 for rock work next week

— The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced that it will close Interstate 70 in both directions at Georgetown Hill for one or two days next week for a rock removal operation.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, eastbound and westbound I-70 will be closed to through traffic between the U.S. 40/Empire (Exit 232) and Silverthorne (Exit 205) interchanges, according to a news release. That closure will allow crews to safely bring down an unstable cluster of boulders on the slope above the highway. Local traffic between Empire Junction and Georgetown (westbound) and between Silverthorne and Silver Plume (eastbound) still will be allowed to travel I-70 up to the closure points, closer to the rockfall site. The highway is expected to remain closed until 5 p.m.

CDOT recommends that people traveling west take detours using U.S. 40 over Berthoud Pass to Kremmling and Colorado Highway 9 south to I-70 at Silverthorne. Those traveling east from Steamboat Springs can take U.S. 40 all the way to I-70.

If the mitigation is not completed Tuesday, the news release stated, CDOT will close I-70 again from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. CDOT might also need to repair any fencing or netting damaged from the falling rock and debris.

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