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Commuters call in stuck

Tamara MillerVail Correspondent

GLENWOOD CANYON – Karl Mendonca unexpectedly got the day off Friday, thanks to a massive rockslide that kept part of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon closed for nearly two days.Mendonca lives in Edwards and commutes to his job with the Bureau of Land Management in Glenwood Springs. He was scheduled to work, but with the only direct route still closed Friday morning, he decided to stay home. “I’ll spend the day with my family,” Mendonca said. “We’re probably not going to go shopping, though.”Geologists still haven’t determined the cause of Thursday’s rockslide, which was estimated to be up to 100 feet long and 8 to 10 feet deep. Between 30 and 40 boulders came down the canyon’s steep north wall, some breaking through the roadway.The highway, one of the nation’s vital thoroughfares, was closed in both directions all day on Thanksgiving. Crews opened one lane in each direction by Friday afternoon. Still, it could be weeks until all lanes are reopened because of the significant amount of damage, Colorado Department of Transportation officials said. Warren Bronson, who lives in Parachute, was heading home from Denver earlier Friday afternoon, he said. While gassing up at an Avon gas station, he was surveying a road atlas to find the best alternate route home. He needed to be home Friday because he had to work Saturday, he said.


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