Colorado Department of Transportation

 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.

Multiple agencies are coming together to keep traffic moving on the I-70 corridor this winter.

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Something called a virtual guardrail could make it safer-- and faster-- to drive on Interstate 70. The Colorado Department of Transportation unveiled a push this week to use more technology on Colorado’s roadways. CDOT hopes to start by increasing how connected drivers are when they’re out on the road.

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The Pitkin County Commissioners Tuesday (10/6) will review a new law that prohibits semi trucks on Independence Pass. This is the first full season with the restrictions.

House Bill 1021 went into effect last August but local law enforcement officials say some truckers are slow to follow it. If semi trucks 35 feet in length travel over the pass, they can be fined up to $1600. Alex Burchetta with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office says even with the law, tickets are still being handed out.

Elise Thatcher

  State officials say a new “Bustang” bus connection to Denver is going well. The Colorado Department of Transportation, or CDOT, rolled out the uniquely named service in July, offering one round trip from Glenwood Springs to Denver each weekday. Tickets are $28 dollars one way.

Jon White

  Highway 133 south of McClure Pass will be closed to traffic for several hours on Thursday. The Colorado Department of Transportation will be doing rockfall work that day. Weather permitting, the highway will be closed between mile marker 24 and 25.5, at the south end of Paonia Reservoir.

CDOT

  This past weekend, there were extra eyes watching drivers in Glenwood Springs. Cameras were set up as part of a traffic flow study, which will influence stop light changes this winter. It all started because of complaints about crossing -- and getting onto-- Highway 82 in Glenwood.

Elise Thatcher

  Starting today, there’s roadwork on Highway 82, either on Main Street in Aspen or between the roundabout and the airport. It’s a paving project during Aspen’s busiest month for car traffic at the entrance to the resort community. This July there’s an average of 27,000 cars coming in or out of town each day

Elise Thatcher

To replace the aging Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs, the Colorado Department of Transportation needs more money. On Thursday (7/16) CDOT will request funding from the Elected Officials Transportation Committee. 

CDOT

Starting this morning, Monday, July 13th, it’s possible to hop on a CDOT bus to Denver, with a few stops in between. But there isn’t any weekend service. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with the agency’s top transit person and has this story.

Part of Highway 133 will be closed for several hours this Friday. The Colorado Department of Transportation has already been running a construction project on the highway south of Carbondale. On Friday, that’ll expand to a closure near the south end of the Paonia reservoir. 

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