Canyon traffic switches to separated lanes |

Canyon traffic switches to separated lanes

Construction crews took advantage of the road closure through Glenwood Canyon Tuesday to continue patching holes in the east and westbound decks that were damaged in last month's rockslide. I-70 through the canyon was reopened Wednesday afternoon to one lane in each direction on the east and westbound sides.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent |

The traffic configuration on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon has moved to one lane in each of the east and westbound lanes, eliminating the need for pace cars to be used.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), favorable weather during the daytime I-70 closure on Tuesday allowed work crews to make significant progress with the new rockfall fencing and road repairs necessary to safely move traffic onto the westbound deck.

Those lanes had been severely damaged in a Feb. 15 rockslide that resulted in a near week-long closure of the interstate through Glenwood Canyon.

With the change in the traffic configuration, pace cars will no longer be utilized. However, CDOT officials advise that a heavy Colorado State Patrol presence will continue in the canyon to enforce the 35 mph speed limit through the work zone.

“There is always the chance that we may need to convert back to the head-to-head traffic on the eastbound deck to perform critical work on the westbound lanes,” Justin Kuhn, CDOT project engineer, said in a news release.

“In the event we do that, the pace cars would be reinstated and that configuration would primarily be in place during daytime working hours,” he said.

Safety closures of the Hanging Lake, Grizzly Creek and Shoshone rest areas also remain in effect, with a goal to have those areas open by this weekend, CDOT said.

The Glenwood Canyon bike path also remains closed. Sections of the bike path were damaged in the initial rockslide incident, and repair work is being done on the path as well.

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