I-70 reopens east of Glenwood Springs after two nighttime closures; Vail Pass open after avalanche work | PostIndependent.com

I-70 reopens east of Glenwood Springs after two nighttime closures; Vail Pass open after avalanche work

Interstate 70 was again reopened east of Glenwood Springs through Glenwood Canyon about 4:30 a.m. Monday following an overnight closure due to an accident, according to a Garfield County emergency update.

The eastbound lanes through the canyon were initially closed at 8 p.m. Sunday but westbound traffic was unaffected. That closure was lifted around 9:15 p.m.

A second closure in both directions occurred around 1 a.m. That closure was lifted at 4:30 a.m.

The two incidents and resulting closures were not related, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) spokesperson Elise Thatcher said.

“Multiple small incidents” on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon caused the first closure. Those were cleaned up fairly quickly, Thatcher said.

At about 12:50 a.m. Monday, there was a crash involving a westbound semi tractor trailer at mile point 125 where a barrier wall divides the westbound and eastbound lanes. Several passenger vehicles were also involved, she said..

“The CMV took out a large section of the concrete barrier wall that divides the lanes and was blocking both directions of traffic,” Thatcher said in an email. “The barrier wall was put back in place while the tows worked to remove the CMV.”

Both directions of traffic were closed in order to allow crews to access the wall with heavy equipment and put it back into place.

With assistance from snowplows working from either side of Glenwood Canyon, the eastbound lanes were reopened at 3:45 a.m. and the westbound lanes were reopened at 4:30 a.m., Thatcher said.

Also Monday morning, CDOT closed I-70 at Vail Pass at 9:30 a.m. to conduct avalanche control operations. The closure was lifted later in the morning, according to CDOT’s COtrip.org website.

Numerous crashes were being reported along the I-70 mountain corridor during the day, causing traffic delays. Follow COtrip.org for the latest on statewide traffic alerts and highway closures.

Winter weather update

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the Glenwood Springs area and a winter storm warning for the upper Roaring Fork Valley until 8 a.m. Tuesday, impacting holiday week travel and commuters.

Snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts possible and wind gusts up to 35 mph can be expected along the I-70 corridor throughout Garfield County, according to a National Weather Service bulletin out of Grand Junction.

The Aspen area could see snow totals of a foot or more, with wind gusts topping 45 mph.

Snow remains in the forecast throughout the entire week.


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