GLENWOOD SPRINGS - On Thursday, the Colorado Department of Transportation permanently closed the rest area on I-70 in west Glenwood Springs. The closure was originally planned for March, but sewer line problems prompted the immediate closure.
The rest area will be redeveloped as emergency truck parking to help alleviate congestion in Glenwood Springs during major storms, road closures and other emergencies.
In May, the Colorado Transportation Commission voted to close the west Glenwood rest area as well as the I-70 rest area in Bennett, a U.S. 287 rest area at Hugo and a U.S 50 rest area at Hadley, just east of La Junta.
The closures will enable CDOT to save some $300,000 a year in maintenance costs, save additional funding that would go to upgrade wastewater systems at the four sites and shift rest area duties to roadway maintenance.
"With five additional rest areas within 20 miles of Glenwood Springs, we can accommodate our traveling public fairly easily," said CDOT Region 3 Maintenance Superintendent Toby Brown.
"Most of our rest areas were constructed near areas that had limited services. Glenwood has grown so much since the rest area was built in 1969," Brown said. "Now the private sector can provide traveler services in addition to our remaining rest areas along the I-70 corridor."