The Latest: Colorado's I-70 partially reopens after slide

Published 02-05-2019

0 Ratings

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The Latest on a rockslide on Interstate 70 in western Colorado (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

Eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in western Colorado are back open after a rock slide sent boulders the size of big SUVs tumbling down on part of the highway.

The rockslide happened early Tuesday in Glenwood Canyon. No one was caught or injured.

The slide happened along an elevated part of the highway where the westbound lanes are stacked on top of the eastbound lanes. A spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation, Tracy Trulove, says the rocks - three the size of Suburbans - landed on the westbound lanes but none made it down to the eastbound lanes.

Westbound drivers face a long detour to get around the closure and officials warn eastbound lanes could be closed again as crews work to bring down more rocks to prevent another rockslide.

A large slide in the canyon in February 2016 fully closed the highway for nearly a week.

____

7:40 a.m.

A stretch of Interstate 70 is closed in western Colorado because of a rock slide, forcing drivers to make long detours to travel east or west.

The rockslide happened early Tuesday in Glenwood Canyon and the full extent of the damage isn't known yet.

Photos

A large slide in the canyon in February 2016 fully closed the highway for nearly a week.

____

7:40 a.m.

A stretch of Interstate 70 is closed in western Colorado because of a rock slide, forcing drivers to make long detours to travel east or west.

The rockslide happened early Tuesday in Glenwood Canyon and the full extent of the damage isn't known yet.

Photos from the Colorado Department of Transportation showed boulders and smaller rocks on the highway and a damaged guardrail. Department spokeswoman Tracy Trulove told the Glenwood Springs Post Independent that no vehicles were caught in the slide and no one was injured.

The scenic and rugged canyon, which the Colorado River runs through, is prone to rockslides. A large slide in February 2016 fully closed the highway for nearly a week.

___

Information from: Post Independent, http://www.postindependent.com/

7:40 a.m.

A stretch of Interstate 70 is closed in western Colorado because of a rock slide, forcing drivers to make long detours to travel east or west.

The rockslide happened early Tuesday in Glenwood Canyon and the full extent of the damage isn't known yet.

Photos from the Colorado Department of Transportation showed boulders and smaller rocks on the highway and a damaged guardrail. Department spokeswoman Tracy Trulove told the Glenwood Springs Post Independent that no vehicles were caught in the slide and no one was injured.

The scenic and rugged canyon, which the Colorado River runs through, is prone to rockslides. A large slide in February 2016 fully closed the highway for nearly a week.

___

Information from: Post Independent, http://www.postindependent.com/

No comments found. Sign up or Login to rate and review content.