Rockslide on I-70 causes major traffic delays |

Rockslide on I-70 causes major traffic delays

Craig Daily Press

— A rockslide occurred late Thursday on Interstate 70 near Exit 167, causing closures on the road that lasted until about 11 a.m. Friday.

Two hundred tons of rocks crashed into the roadway and crews will work throughout the day to ensure the safety of the road by removing debris and doing rock-scaling activities.

At about 10:30 a.m., only one lane of eastbound and westbound I-70 between U.S. Highway 6 and Hidden Valley is open with all traffic running on the eastbound lanes, according to a press release. Traffic on westbound I-70 at Beaver Brook is being detoured to the U.S. 6 exit where they will be routed onto eastbound I-70. This configuration will be in place until the rock scaling on westbound I-70 is complete.

In addition, motorists on eastbound and westbound I-70 between Beaver Brook and Hidden Valley can expect intermittent 20-minute traffic stops for the scaling operations, according to the release. Crews will close I-70 for 20 minutes at a time for scaling operations and then reopen the highway for 20 minutes to clear traffic. Due to the unpredictable conditions, it is unknown how long the scaling will take. Major delays are expected. If motorists must travel, alternate routes such as U.S. Highway 285 are strongly advised.

“We believe we’re going to be opening one lane in each direction at the Beaver Creek exit,” said Colorado Department of Transportation Public Relations Officer Emily Wilfong.

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