Truck spills 1,000 pounds of paint on I-70 shoulder
EDWARDS, Colorado – Westbound traffic on I-70 was detoured from Wednesday evening until early Thursday while crews worked to clean up a spill of 1,000 pounds of paint from a wrecked semi truck.
At about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the westbound truck hauling a load of paint lost control as it neared the Edwards exit. The truck skidded onto its side, spilling part of the load onto the north shoulder of the highway, according to Ashley Mohr, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
Both lanes of westbound I-70 were closed at Edwards, and all westbound traffic was detoured to US 6. Eastbound traffic was not impacted.
CDOT crews began cleanup immediately, with the intent of pulling the truck off the westbound traffic lanes and cleaning as much paint as possible from the shoulder.
While turning the semi right side up, however, its axle broke and the remainder of the truck’s load of paint spilled into the shoulder. Crews had to begin the cleanup process a second time, Mohr said.
Altogether, about 1,000 pounds of paint spilled into the north shoulder of the highway, but no paint spilled on the traffic lanes. Cool evening temperatures made the paint coagulate, which made for easier cleanup. The cleanup was continued on Thursday.
The paint did not spill near any water sources. CDOT will arrange for an environmental cleanup company to clean what remains of the paint in the shoulder.
The westbound lanes of I-70 were reopened to traffic at 4:15 a.m. Thursday, Mohr said.
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