Drivers urged to avoid Silt I-70 interchange |

Drivers urged to avoid Silt I-70 interchange

SILT, Colorado – Motorists traveling to and from Silt are urged to use alternate routes on either side of Interstate 70, especially during the evening rush hour, while Colorado Department of Transportation crews continue to inspect the overpass bridge that was damaged by a tanker truck Sunday afternoon.

Travel on the overpass bridge at the Silt interchange is down to a single lane, with alternating travel controlled by a temporary signal.

In the meantime, motorists traveling to and from Silt are encouraged to use alternate routes and avoid the overpass bridge while it is reduced to single-lane traffic. Use of the restricted bridge during peak travel, mostly westbound I-70 travel into Silt in the evenings, may cause back-ups on the westbound I-70 off-ramps.

Motorists can exit I-70 at Rifle or New Castle and use either U.S. 6 for access into Silt, or county roads for access south of Silt.

“This will greatly improve traffic flow on I-70, especially during the evening westbound rush,” according to a CDOT press release.

CDOT closed I-70 at Silt around 12:30 p.m. Sunday after a tanker carrying water hit the overpass bridge. I-70 was reopened by 6:30 p.m. when the accident was cleared and structural engineers determined the interstate was safe for travel.

Later Sunday evening, the overpass bridge was opened to single-lane, alternating travel.

On Monday, CDOT bridge engineers were working with a bridge contractor to further inspect the structure’s steel girders (horizontal support beams), particularly the outside girder on the west side, which took the brunt of the impact.

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