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Glenwood Canyon to close for rockwall work

May 5, 2016

The permanent rockfall mitigation project in Glenwood Canyon will cause 30-minute delays for traffic in both directions May 10, 11 and 12, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

This project, which is classified as an emergency, comes after the February rock slide when the canyon was closed for several days. CDOT anticipates finishing the project by Sept. 1.

“The work is very technical in nature and involves building four rockfall fences protecting two rock fall areas; one at the location of the rock fall and one just west of the February rock slide area,” said Mike Fowler, CDOT project engineer, in a press release. “Not only is the work technical but it is also physically challenging due to the difficult site conditions.”

Traffic holds and potential full closures of the canyon will only occur Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Crews will work Monday through Friday and possibly some weekends.