CDOT traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Oct. 25-29

Newly poured concrete on the westbound parapet wall at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch work zone.

Progress this week

Crews completed the removal of shoring materials on the westbound deck of I-70 on Thursday night (10/21) during an overnight closure. The work was completed from the safe vantage point of the closed eastbound lanes. 

Concrete was poured for the eastbound retaining wall footer at Mile Point 123.5 on the riverside. 

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

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

Upcoming work includes concrete paving and asphalt patching at various locations. 

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 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon. 
Concrete footers poured on the eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5 in Glenwood Canyon.
Concrete footers poured on the eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5.

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CDOT traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Oct. 25-29

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts the week of Oct. 18-22

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project
Mile Point 123.5 Blue Gulch

Excavation on the eastbound retaining wall continues at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch work zone.

Progress this week


On Friday, Oct. 15 there will be a rolling stop for westbound I-70 traffic in Glenwood Canyon at approximately 1:00 p.m. The rolling stop will allow crews to complete work on westbound structures. Limited delays or impacts to traffic are expected.

Crews continue reconstruction of the I-70 eastbound area at Mile Point 123.5. Crews are making progress on repairs to the retaining wall on the riverside.

Due to favorable weather forecasted this weekend, crews will be working on Saturday, Oct.16. Traffic impacts are not anticipated during the work on Saturday. Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week.

Crews plan to pour more concrete for the repairs to the damaged deck overhang and parapet wall on the westbound lanes at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch.

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

Debris removal in the median at the Bair Ranch location continues.

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 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.
Reconstruction of the eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5.


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CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts the week of Oct. 18-22

CDOT: Eastbound I-70 Glenwood Canyon closure scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 5 and potentially, Thursday, Oct. 7

UPDATE: Traffic Impacts 

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project

Mile Point 123.5 Blue Gulch

The Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project, weather permitting, will implement an overnight closure of eastbound I-70 on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. This work is safety and schedule critical to pave a temporary lane in the eastbound median in order to shift traffic so work can continue on reconstruction of the retaining wall. The eastbound closure point will be Exit 116/Glenwood Springs. If inclement weather occurs on Tuesday night, the project will utilize Thursday, Oct. 7 to perform the necessary work.

Prepping the median for paving of a lane in order to shift traffic at MP 123.5/the Blue Gulch work zone.

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CDOT: Eastbound I-70 Glenwood Canyon closure scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 5 and potentially, Thursday, Oct. 7

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts the week of Oct. 4-8

Demolition and removal of damaged westbound parapet wall at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch work zone.
Demolition and removal of damaged westbound parapet wall at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch work zone.

Progress this week

There are two overnight closures of eastbound I-70 Glenwood Canyon planned. Weather permitting, Friday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 3 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This work is safety and schedule critical to construct and pave a temporary lane in the eastbound median in order to shift traffic so work can begin on reconstruction of the retaining wall. 

Crews made progress on the concrete box culvert outlet at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch by pouring the side walls and roof. Debris removal and repairs to the damaged Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch continues.

Repairs to the damaged deck overhang and parapet wall on the westbound lanes continues. The project team continues clearing debris from the recreation path between MP 126 and 129.

Rainy weather did cause a safety closure of the canyon on Wednesday, Sept. 29 due to a material flow at MP 120. 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.

Repairs to the Concrete Box Culvert at MP 123.5.
Repairs to the concrete box culvert at MP 123.5.

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 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon. 

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CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts the week of Oct. 4-8

CDOT: Overnight closure of eastbound I-70 Glenwood Canyon Emergency Repairs project canceled for Wednesday, Sept. 29

The Colorado Department of Transportation has cancelled the planned night closure tonight of the eastbound lanes of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon due to the forecasted weather in the canyon. A closure is still scheduled for Friday, Oct. 1 from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and now planned for Sunday, Oct. 3., to allow work to take place.

The overnight closures on Friday and Sunday will allow crews to conduct work that is essential to rebuild the eastbound retaining wall that supports the eastbound lanes. Westbound lanes will not be affected and will remain open. The closures will require that eastbound travelers use the recommended northern alternate route (more information below). The eastbound closure point will be Exit 116/Glenwood Springs.

  • Although westbound will remain open, motorists should anticipate a permanent one lane closure at mile point 123.5. westbound the closure is ½ mile long.
  • Several night closures are identified in the contract in order to perform safety critical work that would be difficult to perform under live traffic. Those closures will impact one direction of travel at a time.
  • It is imperative for motorists to drive the posted speed limit through the work zone and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

On July 29 and 31 of this year, the canyon was impacted by several major materials slides, including mudslides. The debris did considerable damage to the interstate at Mile Point 123.5, known as Blue Gulch.

Motorists traveling eastbound are encouraged to utilize the alternate route (please see map below). That route is CO 13 Rifle to Craig, east on US 40 to Steamboat over Rabbit Ears Pass to Kremmling down CO 9 to Silverthorne.

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CDOT: Overnight closure of eastbound I-70 Glenwood Canyon Emergency Repairs project canceled for Wednesday, Sept. 29

CDOT: Nighttime closures anticipated Wednesday and Friday for I-70 Glenwood Canyon emergency repairs project work

CDOT performs construction work in Glenwood Canyon.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is conducting two nighttime closures of the eastbound lanes of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon for safety and schedule-critical work. The work is scheduled tomorrow night, Wednesday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Oct. 1 from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Westbound lanes will not be affected and will remain open. The work is essential for crews to be able to rebuild the eastbound retaining wall that supports the eastbound lanes. Crews will be able to safely work more quickly without traffic on eastbound lanes, which is important for reaching the goal of having all lanes open by Thanksgiving.


The overnight closures on Wednesday and Friday will require eastbound travelers to use the recommended northern alternate route (more information below). The eastbound closure point will be Exit 116/Glenwood Springs.

  • Although westbound will remain open, motorists should anticipate a permanent one lane closure at mile point 123.5. westbound the closure is ½ mile long.
  • Several night closures are identified in the contract in order to perform safety critical work that would be difficult to perform under live traffic. Those closures will impact one direction of travel at a time.
  • It is imperative for motorists to drive the posted speed limit through the work zone and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

On July 29 and 31 of this year, the canyon was impacted by several major materials slides, including mudslides. The debris did considerable damage to the interstate at Mile Point 123.5, known as Blue Gulch.

Motorists traveling eastbound are encouraged to utilize the alternate route (please see map below). That route is CO 13 Rifle to Craig, east on US 40 to Steamboat over Rabbit Ears Pass to Kremmling down CO 9 to Silverthorne.

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CDOT: Nighttime closures anticipated Wednesday and Friday for I-70 Glenwood Canyon emergency repairs project work

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project

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Traffic Impacts
Week of Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2021

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project
Mile Point 123.5 Blue Gulch

Mile Point 123.5/Blue Gulch work zone.

Progress this week

Crews continued drilling locations for shoring towers in the eastbound lanes. The shoring will
secure the damaged infrastructure so repairs can begin on the eastbound retaining wall.

Debris removal and repairs to the damaged Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 123.5/Blue
Gulch continues.

Repairs to the damaged parapet wall on the westbound lanes continues. The project team has
started clearing debris from the recreation path at MP 126 to 127.

There are six locations identified in Glenwood Canyon as part of the River Recovery. The team
is working with the Army Corp of Engineers on the permitting process to begin that work.

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. 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 11’ width restriction in place for commercial
vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

Drilling rig on the eastbound deck.

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Project information is available at:
? Project website: https://www.codot.gov/projects/glenwood-canyon-emergency-repairs-2021
? Project information hotline: 970-319-1887
? Project email: I70GlenwoodCanyon@gmail.com

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project

CDOT: Traffic impacts Glenwood Canyon, Sept. 20-24

Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project
Mile Point (MP) 123.5 Blue Gulch

Concrete Box Culvert outlet clean up at MP 123.5.

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 was completed on the inlet of the CBC.

The Lawrence Construction team is drilling locations for shoring towers. The shoring will secure the damaged infrastructure so repairs can begin on the eastbound retaining wall.

Xcel Energy has completed the necessary repairs to their damaged assets in the canyon. The project team is working closely on coordination with the Colorado Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on the river recovery efforts.


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. 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 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon. 

Concrete Box Culvert inlet repairs at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch.

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CDOT: Traffic impacts Glenwood Canyon, Sept. 20-24

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts for the week of Sept. 13-17, 2021

Construction work in Glenwood Canyon.

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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CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts for the week of Sept. 13-17, 2021

CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Sept. 7-10

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project

Mile Point (MP) 123.5 Blue Gulch

Crews will be off on Monday, Sept. 6 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Please take it slow through the work zone.

Crews are clearing debris from the recreation path at MP 123.5.
Crews are clearing debris from the recreation path at MP 123.5.

Progress this week

Crews continue debris removal and begin removal of damaged portions of retaining wall outside the proposed shoring area for the eastbound left lane.  Current offhaul of material is approximately 500 Cubic Yards per day from below the eastbound lanes.  A substantial amount of debris has been cleared to expose the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) outlet to the river.  Further excavation and reconstruction of the CBC will be required adjacent to the eastbound lanes as the drainage structure has been extensively damaged under debris loads.  

Temporary shoring construction will begin on the eastbound lanes once sufficient debris and the damaged wall is removed.

Westbound work at Blue Gulch currently includes removal of the hillside barrier and damaged roadway post tension slab.

Several other agencies are also working on projects in the canyon including the White River National Forest, Black Hills and Xcel energy companies that are repairing assets that were damaged by the material slides and the CDOT IT team that is looking at repairs to fiber in the canyon. The project team is working closely on coordination with these groups.

This permanent repairs project is necessary due to significant damage caused by major materials slides on July 29 and 31 of this summer. The debris did considerable damage to I-70 at Mile Point 123.5, known as Blue Gulch.


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.

Excavating the Blue Gulch outlet, view from the westbound lanes.
Excavating the Blue Gulch outlet, view from the westbound lanes.

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. 

Stay informed and connect with the project

Project information is available at:  

Project website: https://www.codot.gov/projects/glenwood-canyon-emergency-repairs-2021

Project information hotline: 970-319-1887

Project email: I70GlenwoodCanyon@gmail.com

CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Sept. 7-10