Motorists should be prepared for potential safety closures on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Grizzly Creek Burn Area until 10 a.m. The US National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado is forecasting heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Burn Area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows. Travelers should identify an alternate route before hitting the road, in case safety closures are necessary.
If you are stuck in a closure waiting for a road to be cleared of mud or rocks, do not leave your car unless absolutely necessary. Never hang out in the grassy median located between lanes. If traffic is moving in the opposite direction, the median can be a hazardous area. Emergency response vehicles and heavy equipment may also need the median area to move about and access the emergency scene.
Lengthy closures on the interstate may also be the result of staged releases. As stopped traffic backs up, creating long lines, traffic will be let go in stages, allowing traffic queues ahead to clear, before releasing more traffic. #KnowBeforeYouGo