Posted: Mar 8, 2010 1:14 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Updated: Mar 8, 2010 1:14 PM
Boulders the size of semis crashed down on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon last night, punching holes in bridges, blocking all lanes and damaging guardrails. I-70 is completely closed for a 17-mile stretch with no estimate of when it will reopen.
Work crews have to stabilize the mountainside, then use dynamite to blast the largest boulders into pieces that can be loaded up and hauled away.
Up to 25,000 vehicles a day use that stretch of road. Drivers are being taken on a winding, 200 miles out-of-the-way detour.
If you plan on heading west before the road reopens use US-50, I-80 in Wyoming or I-40 in New Mexico. Access any of the three roads using I-25.