I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Repairs

Work this Week

Dec. 6, 2021
  • Work on the eastbound lanes of the interstate at mile point 123.5/Blue Gulch continues with the concrete box culvert repairs continuing. The team will then move to paving the roadway as well as concrete work on the barriers and guardrail installation.
  • The CDOT Geohazard team is working concurrently with the emergency project in the canyon. Next week on Tuesday, Dec. 7, Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Thursday, Dec. 9 safety critical rock scaling operations will be taking place to remove debris and repair damage to eight existing rockfall fences on the north slope in Glenwood Canyon.
  • While rocks are being scaled, traffic stops on I-70 will be required for westbound traffic only. Traffic holds for eastbound traffic will be intermittent for safety critical operations, but could expand if necessary. These holds are expected to last 20-30 minutes, depending on the work taking place, before traffic is released. The hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and crews will be monitoring traffic impacts. This work is contingent on the weather forecast. Motorists should expect delays due to traffic volumes.
  • Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week.
  • Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Wagon Gulch location continues.
  • Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here.

Anticipated Traffic Impacts

  • An extended eastbound single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. There is a 12’-6” width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

About the Project:

This is an emergency project resulting from damage caused by the July 29, 2021 material flows in Glenwood Canyon. Work includes but is not limited to parapet and retaining walls repairs and replacement. Guardrail replacement, culvert repairs, and roadway resurfacing; both polyester concrete and hot mix asphalt. Work will also clear the debris on the recreation path and assess the damage.

Read about the Glenwood Canyon Mudslides

Traffic Impacts

  • An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. Eastbound is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and westbound is a ½ mile closure. There is a 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon. 

Glenwood Canyon Emergency Repairs in progress

Reconstruction of the eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5.s

Project Facts

  • Cost: $6.1 Million
  • Contractor: Lawrence Construction
  • Timeline: August - December 2021
  • Location: I-70 Glenwood Canyon from mile point 116 (Glenwood Springs) to mile point 133 (Dotsero). Concentrated work at mile point 123.5/Blue Gulch just two miles west of Hanging Lake Tunnel.

Outlet cleanup at MP 123.5

Outlet cleanup at MP 123.5