CDOT: Travel alert | road closure – I-70 Glenwood Canyon; Governor: disaster declaration

Colorado State Governor’s Office

Aug 2, 2021, 12:44 pm – These photos show the extreme damage from the mudslides. We are getting ready to issue the state disaster declaration and the preparing the request for a federal declaration under the Stafford Act. I was planning on joining helicopter surveillance of the damage today but due to rain and hail the choppers aren’t flying and the damage is potentially going to get even worse. Colorado Department of Transportation Execuive Director Shoshana Lew is on site in Glenwood managing the emergency. – Jared Polis, Governor

8-2-21 Glenwood Canyon
8-2-21 Glenwood Canyon
8-2-21 Glenwood Canyon

Colorado Department of Transportation

8/01/21, 4 pm – I-70 through Glenwood Canyon will continue to be closed due to “extreme damage” from the latest round of heavy rain and flooding Saturday night (7/31); this assessment was provided by senior operations supervisors and engineering staff who described damage to the viaduct structure unlike anything they had seen before. CDOT crews are assessing damage and continue to clear debris and mudflow when weather conditions are safe.

Detour route around I-70 Glenwood Canyon:
CDOT strongly asks that motorists use the recommended northern alternate route via I-70 – CO 9 – US 40 – CO 13. Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area should exit I-70 at Exit 205 (Silverthorne) and travel north on Colorado Highway 9 towards Kremmling. Travelers will continue west on US Highway 40 and then south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (Exit 90). Eastbound travelers can detour using the same route in reverse.

For trucks planning to travel through Colorado, CDOT recommends they take I-80 through Wyoming.

Check out COtrip.org for the latest status on road conditions.

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CDOT: Travel alert | road closure – I-70 Glenwood Canyon; Governor: disaster declaration