Progress this week
Crews continue debris removal and clearing debris from the damaged Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch. Repair work continues on the inlet of the CBC by forming rebar that will allow for new concrete to be poured. Watch a video of the removal of a 6’ x 7’ boulder that was obstructing the inlet.
The Lawrence Construction team will begin erecting shoring towers to secure some of the damaged infrastructure on the westbound lanes. Once the towers are in place it will allow the team to further the excavation of the damaged retaining wall. Shoring is a form of support used during the repair of original construction and excavation. Temporary support on this project is necessary for the repairs to take place.
The utility subcontractor, Sturgeon Electric, pulled the damaged fiber line from MP 123.5 to Hanging Lake Tunnel.
Several other agencies are also working on projects in the canyon including the White River National Forest and Xcel energy companies that are repairing assets that were damaged by the material slides in the canyon. The project team is working closely on coordination with these groups.
The CDOT maintenance team completed debris clearing of the recreation path and it is now open from the Grizzly Creek rest area west to Glenwood Springs. Grizzly Creek, Shoshone and No Name rest areas are also open. Bair Ranch rest area remains closed at this time due to continued electrical work near this location.
Rainy weather may cause additional material flows and I-70 closures in Glenwood Canyon in the coming months. Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here.
Anticipated traffic impacts
- An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. Eastbound is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and westbound
- is a ½ mile closure. There is a 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.
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