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Colorado Department of Transportation

Pitkin County commissioners decided Tuesday yesterday to spend $250,000 to build a turnaround area for oversized trucks heading up Independence Pass.

 

The turnaround will be located right before the winter closure gate on Highway 82. It’s part of a two-pronged approach aimed at preventing semi trucks and other vehicles longer than 35 feet from going over the narrow stretch.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation announced yesterday that the four month rockfall mitigation project in Glenwood Canyon is officially complete.

Colorado Department of Transportation

The I-70 Glenwood Canyon will be open today due to early completion of rock fall mitigation work.

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Glenwood Canyon will be closed again this Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., forcing many motorists to seek alternate routes.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has scheduled full closures Wednesday and Thursday in Glenwood Canyon.

The Grand Avenue Bridge project in Glenwood Springs is on time, after chugging along for more than five months. A key goal now for the Colorado Department of Transportation is making sure river users know about upcoming closures.

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  The Colorado Department of Transportation is asking for public input, with telephone town hall meetings around the state. That includes one in the Roaring Fork Valley area.

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Independence Pass is scheduled to open at noon today.

 

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Traffic delays begin today in Glenwood Canyon as workers build  what the Colorado Department of Transportation calls a permanent solution to rockfall dangers.

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.

 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.

 

Elise Thatcher

Pedestrians no longer have their own bridge across the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. The popular mode of travel for getting from one side of town to the other is now a walkway, next to four lanes of traffic. Tourists and visitors appear to be embracing the new temporary connection.

Elise Thatcher

  Traffic will likely be affected dramatically today. Crews are working in Glenwood Canyon and taking down the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge.

Jimmy Thomas

  Glenwood Canyon has been one of the hottest topics in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last two weeks, but there was barely a peep about one of the fastest ways to avoid closures or detours.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says it will open two-way traffic through Glenwood Canyon around 4pm today.

UPDATE: February 21, 2016, 7:17 p.m.

Press release from the Colorado Department of Transportation: Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon will reopen to traffic in a pilot car configuration at approximately 6 tonight. Pilot car operations will continue overnight until 9 a.m. Monday. Traffic delays up to one hour or more should be expected.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

Throughout the Roaring Fork Valley “making transportation better” can mean really different things. In Rifle and Silt it means snowplows. In Glenwood Springs it means maintaining foot traffic options over Grand Avenue.

Elise Thatcher

It’s “go” time for the Grand Avenue Bridge, and CDOT representatives say they’re doing everything possible to get the word out about the biggest regional construction project in decades.

  After years of preparation and hashing out the details, work is beginning on a new Grand Avenue Bridge. CDOT and contract workers will be focusing on the area underneath the bridge downtown, from 7th street.

Elise Thatcher

  Starting Saturday, residents in need of a ride to Denver can snag a weekend trip on the Bustang service. CDOT unveiled the memorably named bus service this summer, but has been hesitant to add trips on Saturday and Sunday.

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