Detours on I-70 at Glenwood continue |

Detours on I-70 at Glenwood continue

Workers made progress last week on disassembling the old Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge.
Randy Essex / Post Independent |

The Colorado Department of Transportation on Thursday issued a reminder of several upcoming closures affecting Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon and in the area of the Grand Avenue bridge project.


Until 6 a.m. Monday, eastbound on- and off-ramps at I-70 Exit 116 will be closed. Drivers headed east who want to go into Glenwood Springs over the weekend will need to exit at mile 114 (West Glenwood). This closure is required for the installation of a storm drain associated with the Grand Avenue Bridge project.

Alternate route to I-70 east: Motorists traveling toward I-70 on Highway 82 can utilize the I-70 westbound on-ramp at Exit 116 or U.S. 6 westbound to exit at mile 114 and reconnect to I-70 eastbound through the roundabouts.


On Tuesday (March 8), I-70 will be completely closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Exit 116 to Exit 133 at Dotsero. Crews are working to complete the rockfall mitigation fencing using a helicopter and are continuing road repairs in an effort to move the traffic configuration into one lane in each direction next week.

Safety closures of the Hanging Lake, Grizzly Creek and Shoshone rest areas remain in effect while traffic is in the head-to-head configuration. Bair Ranch (on the east side) and No Name (west side) rest areas will remain open. The Glenwood Canyon Bike Path remains closed as well.

Note: Local traffic coming from the west will be able to travel as far as No Name; local traffic from the east will be able travel as far as Bair Ranch during the daytime closure.


Overnight Wednesday (March 9), I-70 at Exit 116 will be detoured onto East Sixth Street. Both eastbound and westbound lanes will be detoured beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday in a one-lane configuration in both directions. Exit 116 will be open, although the evening of March 9 will have periodic closures on Highway 82 from Sixth Street to Eighth Street for the pedestrian bridge deconstruction.

“I-70 traffic will be detoured onto Sixth Street through a temporary break in the I-70 barrier near Yampah Vapor Caves and will rejoin I-70 at Exit 116,” CDOT Project public information manager Tom Newland said. The detour is for safety while the contractor removes a 108-foot section of the old Glenwood Springs pedestrian bridge, he said.

For more information on the bridge project:

970-618-9897 (Call or Text) or

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