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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Authorities have called off the search for a body reportedly seen floating in the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon after looking for two days.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department and Glenwood Springs Fire Department began looking Wednesday after a 911 caller said she saw what appeared to be a body in the river.

The sheriff’s department said Thursday that searchers found no sign of a body and no unattended vehicles, and that no one had filed a missing person report.

The Colorado Department of Transportation opened the final section of the Glenwood Canyon Bike Path for the season Wednesday. CDOT had opened the path on April 20, but kept the section between the Shoshone Power Plant and the Hanging Lake rest area closed until it was no longer impacted by work or equipment on the Interstate 70 rockfall repair project.

Rockfall repair contractor Flatiron Construction was able to clear the last section for reopening sooner than anticipated (the repairs were scheduled for completion in mid-May), and CDOT maintenance crews swept the path to get this section opened.

CDOT closes the Glenwood Canyon Bike Path each winter, when winter maintenance activities on I-70 above can create unsafe conditions on the path. It may be necessary for CDOT to close the path again for the safety of users, depending upon late spring snow and/or high water.

Following a heavy winter and plenty of freeze-thaw conditions impacting the highways, Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews will complete resurfacing on sections throughout the area over the next week. The work will involve milling (grinding the top layer of asphalt) then repaving the highway surface in several areas.

The following areas will be impacted:

• Monday, May 10: Mill and pave State Highway 82, the westbound lanes (downvalley) over the bridge at mile marker 21 near Basalt. Single-lane, alternating traffic controlled by flaggers. Work will begin at 7 a.m. and will be completed by 3 p.m. to accommodate peak travel. The speed will be reduced to 45 mph.

• Tuesday, May 11: Mill and pave State Highway 82 eastbound bridge lanes at mile marker 21 near Basalt. Single-lane, alternating traffic controlled by flaggers. Work will begin at 9 a.m. to accommodate peak travel in this direction, and should be completed by 5 p.m. The speed will be reduced to 45 mph.

• Wednesday, May 12: Mill and pave I-70, westbound right lane only between mile markers 120.5-122, east of Glenwood. There is a speed reduction to 40 mph, and traffic will flow freely in left lane and be slowed by flaggers. Work hours of work will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Thursday, May 13: Mill and pave I-70, eastbound, right lane only between mile markers 122-123.5. Speed reduction to 40 mph, traffic will free flow in left lane and be slowed by flaggers. Work hours of work will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• May 17 and 18: Paving on State Highway 13 at the interchange with I-70. The driving surface has been milled and will be rough until the paving project.


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