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I-70 back open in Glenwood Canyon following rockslide

Posted at 5:09 AM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 10:44:32-05

GARFIELD COUNTY – CDOT opened all lanes of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon Tuesday night following a rockslide that closed the highway for more than 12 hours.

The interstate was closed from Dotsero to Glenwood Springs.  The slide happened early Tuesday morning at milemarker 120.5, which is about a half mile west of the Grizzly Creek rest area. Crews on scene are reporting no apparent damage to the road outside damage to the 30-40 yards of the parapet wall on the westbound side of I-70.

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Crews were able to periodically open eastbound lanes Tuesday afternoon prior to the full reopening of all lanes.

Drivers caught in the closure had to take Highway 131 to Steamboat Springs, Highway 40 to Craig and then Highway 13 to Rifle. Using that route, it took an estimated 3 hours and 44 minutes. Normally that drive takes a little over an hour on I-70.