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Glenwood Canyon opens fully today

Apr 13, 2016

 PRESS RELEASE

GARFIELD COUNTY —Just a few days shy of two months after the initial rockfall incident that closed Glenwood Canyon, the project team has completed the necessary repairs to get I-70 open to four lanes of travel. Repairs to the Glenwood Canyon bike path have also been completed although the path is still closed from Shoshone to Hanging Lake rest area until later this week.

 

The emergency project was completed 23-days ahead of the original schedule.

 

“This was a tremendous team effort from the contractor and subcontractors as well at CDOT staff and our GeoHazards program to complete the damage repairs and rock scaling to get the interstate open ahead of schedule,” Regional Transportation Director Dave Eller said. “I’m really proud of this team, from the original incident response by CDOT maintenance to the assistance that was provided to us by local law enforcement as we made tough decisions about how to get traffic moving again after the initial rockfall incident,” he said.

 

American Civil Constructors (ACC) West Coast was the prime contractor on the $5 million emergency project.  Martinez Western, Mountain Valley Milling and Your Way traffic control are all local subcontractors that worked on different aspects of the repairs including concrete work, rock hauling, guardrail repairs and milling of the damaged structures.  

 

RECREATIONAL IMPACTS: Glenwood Canyon bike path is open from Glenwood Springs to Shoshone on the west end and from Silom Springs to Hanging Lake rest area from the east end. With the repairs complete to the damaged area of the bike path, CDOT crews will work to get the Shoshone to Hanging Lake rest area section of path open by this weekend. Please be aware that as water levels begin to rise on the Colorado River sections of the bike path can be closed.  Please visit our website at www.COTRIP.org for updates on the path.