CDOT: Glenwood Canyon reopened for travel following mudslides and rockfall

Colorado Department of Transportation

July 21, 9:45 pm – UPDATE: I-70 Glenwood Canyon is open in both directions – CDOT crews have reopened both westbound and eastbound I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. Crews will remain on standby in the event the weather changes during the night. For the status of road closures at any time, including overnight, please check cotrip.org, CDOT’s Twitter page, or call 511.

July 21, 12:43 pm – UPDATE: CDOT crews are continuing to clean eastbound and westbound lanes on I-70 and assess the weather. The safety closure continues to be in place at this time. There is a Flash Flood Watch now in place for the Grizzly Creek Burn scar.

I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is closed at Exit 87 (West Rifle), Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) and Exit 133 (Dotsero), due to flash flooding potential for the Grizzly Creek burn scar. 

EASTBOUND I-70 DETOUR: Colorado Highway 13 from Rifle to Craig, east on US 40 to Steamboat over Rabbit Ears Pass to Kremmling, down Colorado Highway 9 to Silverthorne. 

WESTBOUND I-70 DETOUR: See route above, in reverse. Click here to see a map of the alternate route: DETOUR MAP

National Weather Service

July 21, 12:22 pm: FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT…
Flash flood watch map

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of northwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in northwest Colorado, Flat Tops. In west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain valleys.

* Until midnight MDT tonight.

* National Weather Service Meteorologists are monitoring the possibility for heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon reopened for travel following mudslides and rockfall