I-70 Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project

Work this Week

May 9, 2022

For the week of May 9th, the Lawrence Construction team is finishing up barrier patching and guardrail repair as well as recreation path repairs with the goal of having the full length of the path open by Memorial Day weekend. Currently, the only section open on the path is Glenwood Springs to the No Name Rest Area. Beginning May 9, the path will be opened from Glenwood Spring to Shoshone Powerplant (Exit 123). The path will continue to be closed east of Shoshone until repairs are complete.

Single-lane closures on Interstate 70 will be in place eastbound in various locations from Mile Point 122.5-130 and westbound from Mile Point 129-127 and Mile Point 125-124.

Check out the most recent media coverage of the progress made on the Emergency Project in Glenwood Canyon: https://www.9news.com/video/travel/cdot-preparing-for-more-work-in-glenwood-canyon/73-1e7ac713-1382-4d33-87da-02f873587c5

Here is aerial footage of the newly finished area at Blue Gulch, now dubbed, "Boulder Garden": New Barrel Boulder Garden 1 and Barrel Boulder Garden 2

Motorists should anticipate slower speeds throughout the canyon and an increase in truck traffic. Work is weather dependent and motorists are reminded to drive the posted speeds through the work zone and drive for conditions.

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