CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Nov. 29 – Dec. 3

Colorado Department of Transportation

Work next week

The CDOT GeoHazards team is working concurrently with the emergency project in the canyon. Next week on Tuesday, Nov. 30, Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2 safety critical helicopter operations will be taking place to remove debris and repair damage to eight existing rockfall fences on the north slope in Glenwood Canyon.

When the helicopter is airborne, traffic stops on I-70 will be required for eastbound and westbound traffic. These holds are expected to last 20-30 minutes, depending on the work taking place, before traffic is released. The hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and crews will be monitoring traffic impacts. This work is contingent on the weather forecast.

The westbound lanes of I-70 at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch are now fully open. Commercial vehicle restrictions have been updated for current project work zone conditions. The eastbound lanes remain in a one-lane configuration while repairs are made to the concrete box culvert at this location. Motorists should expect delays due to traffic volumes.

Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week. 

Work to remove debris from the river begins this week.

Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Wagon Gulch location continues.

Next phase of repairs to the concrete box culvert located in the median and left eastbound lane at MP 124.5.

At MP 126.5, on the riverside, there is about 560’ of railing removal and then replacement that will commence.

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

  • An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. The eastbound single lane closure is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and the westbound single lane closure is .5 miles long.  There is a 12’-6” width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

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CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Nov. 29 – Dec. 3