Denver, Colorado 2021-07-20 23:00:20 –
Glenwood Springs, Colorado — Both directions from Interstate 70 to Glenwood Canyon are closed. The Colorado Department of Transportation closed the interstate highway on Tuesday due to the potential for flash floods.
The interstate highway was closed at around 8:45 pm. The closing point is from Exit 133 (Dotsero) to Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs). The eastbound closure is from Exit 87 (West Rifle) to Exit 109 (Canyon Creek).
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning to the burn area of the Grizzly Leak Fire until 10:30 pm. CDOT said there is no scheduled time to resume.
Flash flood warnings in the area allow CDOT to pass through Glenwood Canyon and close the I-70, preventing drivers from being caught in potential landslides caused by heavy rains from burn scars.
There are also concerns about flash floods Southwestern Colorado and Larimer County..
Part of the I-70 through Glenwood Canyon was shut down several times in June and July after a landslide was launched onto the roadway, sometimes trapping vehicles between slides.
CDOT said there is no easy solution to this problem. The cause of the landslide is the burn scars of the grizzly leak fire. The man-made fire began on August 10, 2020 in Glenwood Canyon, burning more than 32,000 acres in the White River National Forest. According to CDOT, mitigation is nearly impossible due to the size of the burn scars and the terrain of the canyon.
These closures can last for minutes or hours, depending on the incident. If the closure lasts for more than an hour, traffic will be diverted to an alternative route in the north.
Alternative routes in the north include a detour of at least 2 hours. Westbound traffic leaves at Silverthorn and can take Colorado 9 north to US 40 and then west to Craig. From Craig, head south on Colorado 13 to the rifle and back on the I-70. Eastbound traffic must leave with a rifle and take the same route in the opposite direction.
According to CDOT, drivers planning to use the I-70 and other high-altitude roads should bring supplies in case they need to spend a lot of time in the car. At the very least, this includes water, light meals, flashlights, and blankets.
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