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

State extends Public Health Order 20-38

Colorado Department of Public Health

STATEWIDE (Dec. 30, 2021) — Today, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment extended Public Health Order 20-38

There are no substantive changes to Public Health Order 20-38 beyond this extension. The order includes limited requirements to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado. It requires face coverings in some settings. The Order also includes hospital reporting requirements to provide the state with critical information to assess the statewide capacity to provide necessary medical care and services to Coloradans.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.


El gobierno estatal extiende la vigencia de la Orden de Salud Pública 20-38

El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado

COLORADO (30 de diciembre de 2021) — El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado prorrogó la Orden de Salud Pública (PHO) 20-38.

No ha habido modificaciones importantes en la PHO 20-38 aparte de la prórroga. La orden incluye ciertos requerimientos a los efectos de atenuar la propagación del COVID-19 en Colorado y exige el uso del tapabocas en algunos entornos, Además, indica que los hospitales deben reportar datos a fin de proporcionar al gobierno información de fundamental importancia que le permita evaluar los recursos disponibles en todo el Estado para brindar atención y servicios médicos necesarios a los habitantes de Colorado.

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

State extends Public Health Order 20-38

I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon after accident closure

Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority, CDOT

UPDATE – 5:42 pm
Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority: I-70 is open from mile-marker 116 to the 133 both directions, Glenwood Canyon.

UPDATE – 4:08 pm
Colorado State Patrol: Both directions of I-70 remain closed through Glenwood Canyon. Additional ambulances and tow trucks are still responding to the scene.  The traffic cue inside the canyon will be cleared when it is safe to do so.

UPDATE – 3:40 pm
Colorado Department of Transportation: I-70 Glenwood Canyon is closed due to a multi vehicle accident. Eastbound and westbound directions are both closed. There is no estimated time of reopening. Ongoing real-time highway updates will continue to be posted to COtrip.org

UPDATE 3:10 pm
Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority:
I-70 is closed at mile-marker 133 westbound at Dotsero, due to this multi-vehicle accident.

UPDATE – 3:05 pm Colorado State Patrol: I-70 in BOTH directions is CLOSED through the Glenwood Canyon due to a multi-car crash with injuries. Initial reports of 17 passenger cars and 7 semi’s involved at I-70 MP 120 EB.

UPDATE – 2:57 pm Colorado State Patrol: Closing westbound Glenwood Canyon as well for emergency vehicle access to the front of the multi-car accident, including passenger vehicles and commercial motor vehicles.

12.29.21, 2:31 pm – Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority: I-70 is closed at the 116 EB, at Glenwood Springs, due to an accident. 

Colorado State Patrol: Multi-car crash (At least 10 cars with one on fire) I-70 mile marker 120 eastbound. Safety closures at Glenwood main exit 116.

I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon after accident closure

Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor

DENVER – Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis amended and extended an Executive Order pertaining to Disaster Recovery. This amendment allocates funds to the Colorado Department of Public Safety for COVID-19 related purposes.

The Governor also extended an Executive Order pertaining to hospital transfers that authorizes the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to order hospitals and freestanding emergency departments to transfer,  cease admission, or redirect patients in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The extension of the Executive Order will help to ensure that Coloradans have adequate care as we continue to combat COVID-19, promote public health, and protect the ability of hospitals to serve those with COVID-19 and other conditions. 

Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

UPDATED VALLEY VIEW COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS

Valley View Hospital

December 29, 2021, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 12/29/21

Specimens collected thru Valley View: 40,433

Positive results: 3,228

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 392

Admitted patients discharged: 332

Note: There were duplicates in the previously reported number of “specimens collected thru Valley View.” This figure was corrected and a decrease is reflected in today’s figure.

Definitions:

Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.  

Additional Questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

  • Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
  • Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
  • Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
  • Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing.

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.  

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

UPDATED VALLEY VIEW COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS

COGS: City of Glenwood Springs Implements City-Wide Mask Order Due to COVID-19 Spread

City of Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs, Colo. – Upon review of the latest data from public health officials, the City of Glenwood Springs issued a public health order for all individuals two years of age or older to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering, inside, or moving within any public indoor space within the city limits. The order will become effective on December 29, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until further notice. This public health order will be reevaluated in January 2022 with advisement from local public health professionals and hospitals. Exemptions and exceptions can be read in the public health order.

The city-wide mask order is intended to help reduce community transmission amongst surging local cases. According to public health officials, the Omicron variant is more contagious than any previous variant and is now the leading form of COVID-19 in the United States. Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties have seen dramatic increases in COVID-19 case rates recently. The test positivity rate in Garfield County has doubled in the last week from approximately 8% to 16%. 

“Reducing infections is a critical regional concern because we are seeing a dramatic increase in cases and the Omicron variant is so infectious,” said Assistant City Manager Jenn Ooton. “Requiring masks indoors is one of several precautions we can take to combat COVID and we encourage folks to continue utilizing other strategies like getting tested, getting vaccinated, and staying home if you’re sick.”

In addition to wearing masks indoors in public spaces, the City would like to strongly recommend that businesses and other entities follow best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Masks, frequent handwashing and staying at home if sick are effective strategies to help reduce spreading illness. Testing is available at multiple locations through Roaring Fork, including: free COVID testing, state testing site in Rifle on Sundays 12 – 4 p.m. at 195 W. 14th St., at medical provider offices throughout Garfield County, and for purchase at big box stores.

COGS: City of Glenwood Springs Implements City-Wide Mask Order Due to COVID-19 Spread

UPDATED GRAND RIVER HEALTH COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS FOR DECEMBER 28, 2021

Grand River Health

December 28, 2021, RIFLE, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 12/28/2021

Number of individuals tested: 13,316

Positive results: 2,482

Pending results: 2

New Positives since 12/21/21: 46

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 105

Patients Transferred: 20

Patients Discharged: 84

Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

Moderna and PFIZER Booster Vaccine for Adults and children 5-11 are available by appointment only.

 To get an appointment please call 970 -625-1100.

As a reminder… the Emergency department sees patients with life threatening situations of life and limb. Our Respiratory clinic sees all upper respiratory illnesses including season flu, sore throats and Covid or Covid like symptoms. Grand River Health seasonal respiratory clinics in Rifle and Battlement Mesa. The Rifle Clinic is open weekdays from 8a-11pm and Weekends 10a-6pm, the Respiratory clinic is in a new location on the south side of the facility.  Battlement Mesa Respiratory clinic is open weekdays 8a-5pm. All appointments can be made through the patient portal or by calling (970) 625-1100. Maps and information will be available online at www.grandriverhealth.org.

All Clinic services, hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately

All appointments can be made by calling (970)625-1100. Patients are asked to wear an ear loop mask while in the facility  

UPDATED GRAND RIVER HEALTH COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS FOR DECEMBER 28, 2021

COGS: City of Glenwood Springs implements operational changes due to COVID-19 spread

City of Glenwood Springs

Mask protocol implemented for inside city facilities; public meetings to be virtual-only participation

Due to the high level of COVID-19 cases in neighboring Eagle and Pitkin counties and the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant, Glenwood Springs City Manager Debra Figueroa issued an order for all City facilities that requires all staff and visitors to wear surgical-style masks while indoors effective immediately through January 2022. This protocol includes the indoor areas of City Hall, the Community Center, the Recycle Center and the South Canyon Landfill. Masks are available at the entrances of City Hall and the Community Center.

January Public Meetings

Additionally, all City public meetings with more than 10 people will be held via virtual conference only for the month of January. This includes City Council and all City board and commission meetings. The public can find conference call information on the agendas for each meeting, which are posted at City Hall and online at www.cogs.us. Public meetings can be attended via Zoom or by calling in with the conference information.

Municipal Court

All January Court Dates will be by phone. Defendants should call in beginning at 7:45 a.m. on their scheduled court date to 970-384-6530. If the lines are busy, please hang up and keep trying as the lines may get backed up. Defendants are still required to appear by phone, on their scheduled Court date and must call in as the Municipal Court will not call you on your Court Date.  If you need to discuss your Case or Court Date, please contact the Court prior to the Court Date.

Operational Changes

According to public health officials, the Omicron variant is more contagious than any previous variant and is now the leading form of COVID-19 in the U.S.

“By requiring surgical masks indoors and shifting public meetings to a virtual format, we are aiming to create a safer environment in our civic spaces for our neighbors and employees and to help minimize further staffing crunches and gaps in services,” said Figueroa. “We are expecting that there will be some impacts to the level of City services and at times it may be difficult to keep up with snow plowing and other City business at our normal pace. We respectfully ask for patience as our community weathers the effects of this wave.”

The City facility mask protocol, virtual public meetings, and Municipal Court by phone operational changes will be evaluated in January.

The City would like to strongly recommend that businesses and other entities follow best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Masks, frequent handwashing and staying at home if sick are effective strategies to help reduce spreading illness. Testing is available at multiple locations through Roaring Fork, including: free COVID testing, state testing site in Rifle on Sundays 12 – 4 p.m. at 195 W. 14th St., at medical provider offices throughout Garfield County, and for purchase at big box stores.

COGS: City of Glenwood Springs implements operational changes due to COVID-19 spread

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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About CDOT
CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options. 
I-70 Glenwood Canyon recovery work shifts to Colorado River

CDPHE updates COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance to align with CDC

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

STATEWIDE (Dec. 27, 2021) — Today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment updated guidance to match new recommendations from CDC regarding COVID-19 isolation and quarantine for healthcare workers and the general population.

People who live or work in residential or congregate living settings should continue to follow the isolation and quarantine guidance for their setting to mitigate the risk of transmission within the facility.

This updated guidance reduces the recommended time in isolation for those in the general population with COVID-19 from 10 to five days, if asymptomatic on day five, followed by an additional five days wearing a mask when around others. This change is based on data showing that the majority of COVID-19 transmission occurs early in the course of illness. 

For those who have been exposed to COVID-19, CDC now recommends quarantine for five days followed by mask use for an additional five days for people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second Pfizer or Moderna dose (or more than two months after the J&J vaccine) and have not yet received a third dose (or second dose if receiving J&J). Alternatively, for those persons for whom a five days quarantine is not feasible, wearing  a well-fitting mask around others for ten days is acceptable.  People who have recently completed their primary vaccination series (within six months of their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or within two months of their J&J dose) or who have received their third dose (or second dose if receiving J&J) do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.  Regardless of vaccination status, CDC recommends testing on day 5 after exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.

The new guidance also recommends asymptomatic health care providers who have received all recommended vaccines — three doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of J&J with a second dose more than two months after the initial vaccine — no longer need to be excluded from work after a higher-risk COVID-19 exposure. Residential care facility staff should continue to follow current CDPHE guidance, when applicable.

Colorado has seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and high community transmission as the omicron variant becomes the prevalent virus circulating.  Protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask in public, washing your hands, and testing before you gather with others.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE updates COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance to align with CDC