Avalanche control closes I-70 near Georgetown
UPDATE 5 p.m. — CDOT anticipates opening Interstate 70 to traffic, east of the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels, within the next two hours.
One lane of eastbound will open east from the Loveland Pass interchange. Both lanes of westbound will open west from the U.S. 40/Empire interchange, according to Bob Wilson, CDOT spokesman.
“Traffic control will be in place on eastbound I-70 in the Herman Gulch area (three miles east of the Tunnels), reducing the highway to one lane where mitigation operations took place, due to damaged cable rail,” according to a news release. “Drivers should be prepared for slow moving traffic through that area.”
CDOT also will be metering commercial trucks back onto I-70 at the Loveland Pass interchange to maintain the safe movement of all traffic.
DENVER (AP) — Interstate 70 in central Colorado has been closed as crews conduct avalanche mitigation.
CDOT reports that both eastbound and westbound lanes of I-70 are covered by snow brought down in the Herman Gulch area east of the Eisenhower Tunnel. A 15-mile stretch of the interstate was closed between the tunnel and Georgetown.
CDOT says the interstate could be closed until mid-afternoon Tuesday as crews remove the snow.
The closure comes two days after an avalanche closed the interstate between Frisco and Copper Mountain. No injuries were reported in those incidents, though some vehicles were caught in the avalanche debris. Passersby also caught the slides on video, which were widely shared on social media.