Drivers should expect significant delays expected on Wednesday, Jan. 27, for eastbound I-70 traffic between Rifle and Glenwood Springs due to a vehicle recovery. Motorists must plan for major impacts, expected to begin at 9 a.m. and lasting until dark. Overwidth traffic MUST use an alternate route. Motorists should plan for the possibility of an eastbound traffic closure, in order to accommodate the vehicle recovery. All road conditions and updates will be posted to COtrip.org and CDOT’s Twitter page.
We are anticipating recovery work may need to resume on Thursday in order to complete the job. If work is required on Thursday, motorists should again plan for delays for eastbound traffic coming into Glenwood Springs.
The recovery is to remove a FedEx truck from the Colorado River just west of Glenwood Springs. The truck was involved in a crash on Sunday. In order to recover the semi and two trailers, crews will need to use a crane. The only place to locate the crane is on the righthand side of eastbound I-70. Our goal is to have one lane of eastbound traffic moving slowly past the crane on the lefthand side (of the eastbound deck). If there is not enough room to safely have a lane of eastbound traffic move slowly through the area, CDOT will enact a full eastbound closure. At that time the closure would take place at Mile Point 109 and eastbound I-70 traffic will be turned around at that location.
The work is taking place tomorrow due to a short weather window before the next storm.
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