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The Garfield County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit was called in Sunday to help located a group that needed help on the Flat Tops region north of Rifle.

According to a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office news release sent Monday afternoon, the group, consisting of four adults, two young children and three dogs, contacted the county dispatch center around 4:42 p.m. They were located and reported to be in good condition and transported to Rifle a little after midnight.

The group, who was from Grand Junction, had been exploring an area west of Coulter Mesa when the RV they were driving got stuck in the mud. The four-wheel drive road they had been traveling was located approximately 20 miles west of Coulter Lake Guest Ranch in a remote area near Mullen Gulch. The caller stated that there were no injuries, but that they were almost out of water, lost and unable to proceed. The caller had walked for more than a mile to get to higher terrain in order to get cell service.



Search and Rescue crews arrived with four-wheel drive vehicles and ATVs at approximately 8:37 p.m. due to rough terrain, and located the group with their vehicle at 9:36 p.m.

As part of the Interstate 70 Exit 116 reconstruction project that began last Monday in Glenwood Springs, Scott Contracting is performing diamond grinding (concrete smoothing) work in the No Name tunnels. Work began Sunday night and is expected to take three days to complete (Tuesday being the final night, weather permitting). The work will be done each night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and will only affect traffic during this time. Traffic control will be off the road by 6 a.m., according to a Colorado Department of Transportation news release. The required traffic control involves closing each tunnel to all traffic during the grinding work.



Two-way traffic flow will be in effect between this location (near milemarker 117) to the Exit 119 (No Name) interchange. Minor delays should be expected due to brief cross-over stops, as well as reduced speeds of 35 mph through the zone.

The diamond grinding work is being performed to increase the smoothness of the existing concrete pavement through the tunnels.


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