Cottonwood Pass closed temporarily for vehicle recovery, CDOT images show extensive debris on I-70 still – Aspen Times

Damage to the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon shut to mile level 1…….


Damage to the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon shut to mile level 123 Launched on by The huge mud and particles flows that happenred on July 29 and 31.
CDOT courtesy photograph

Replace Monday 11:45 a.m. — Cottonwood Move between Garfield and Eagle counties is reportedly shutd briefly late Monday morning To permit for a car restoration. Coloradverto Nationbroad Guard is now conducting visitors advertministration on the mountain pass. There’s not a estimated time for reopening the pass, which has restricted entry.


Photographs launched Monday by the Coloradverto Division of Transportation current A substantial quantity of debrContinues to be overlaying one particular part of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon and damage to the freeway floor, giving a glimpse of the probably prolonged roadvert aheadvert earlier than repairs Might be madverte.

The progress photographs are of The world shut to mile submit 123, roughly 2 miles east of Grizzly Creek, the place The Most very important of particles flows happenred the nights of July 29 and 31, collectively with damage triggered to the roadvertway and the barrier wall in that location.

I-70 by way of the canyon stays shutd indefinitely due The quantity of debrContinues to be on the roadvertway and damaged Launched on by A pair of of The Most very important slides.

CDOT provided an update Monday, saying good climate over the weekfinish permited crews to work with out interruption on clearing mud and completely different particles from I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.

“CDOT crews have been In a place to make vital progress … hauling 440 masses over The two days,” CDOT said in a information launch. “Every truck loadvert equals 13 tons Of supplies.”

There have been no official climate watches over the weekfinish from NOAA and there was no precipitation On the burn scar or Inside the canyon, as dry climate takes maintain as quickly as extra.

The interstate clear-up effort embraced 204 masses hauled on Sunday to the CDOT dump web websites at No Identify (MP 119) and Dotsero (MP 133). Ancompletely different dump website is located aprolongedside a frontage roadvert part of Coloradverto Highway 82 throughout from Aspen Glen.

“On the east facet of Glenwood Canyon (from Hanging Lake Tunnel to the Bair Ranch space), crews proceedd to work on loadverting vans,” CDOT said Inside The discharge. Ancompletely different 110 masses have been take awayd from that facet of the canyon on Sunday.

“Crews cleared The The rest of the particles from the eastbound lanes at MP 124.3, which Is An important space To evaluate So as To Search out out What’s required To securely reopen I-70.”

“Work will resume (Tuesday) with crews clearing drainages and drop drains, and washing roadvertways,” CDOT said. “The precedence Shall be to proceed To wash up All of the slides from Hanging Lake Tunnel to Bair Ranch on the eastbound lanes, the place there Continues to be A lot of particles.”

On the west facet of Glenwood Canyon shutst to Glenwood Springs, 94 masses have been hauled on Sunday.

“Crews have been In a place to utterly uncover The The rest of the particles On the washed out space at MP 123.5 (Blue Gulch) eastbound, so thOn the CDOT inspections and CDOT engineering groups can get A greater evaluation of the damage,” CDOT said of The world depicted Inside the photographs. “That is Amongst The numerous Most essential spaces for the inspection/engineering group To look at the potential damage now thOn the particles is cleared To Make constructive that seen inspection to happen.”

The impacted space on the eastbound facet meaconstructives roughly 120 ft broad on the north facet/passing lane and narrows As a lot as roughly 70 ft on the south facet/driving lane, Based mostly on The discharge.

“Crews will proceed to excavate the particles mud out to unique gradverte/strong floor Monday,” CDOT defined. “Eastbound lanes have been cleared all The biggest Method to the MP 123.5 with rocks cleared off. Additionally on the west facet of the canyon, crews have been In a place to take away An monumental boulder.”

Priorities for Monday embrace proceedd clearup at MP 123.5. Smaller spaces nonetheless Want to be cleared each eastbound and westbound in that stretch, and all of eastbound from Hanging Lake Tunnel to Bair Ranch.

“The engineering group Shall be conducting inspections, with greater entry now that crews have been In a place to take away extra particles,” The discharge states.

I-70 proceeds to be shutd to by way of visitors at Exit 87 (West Rifle, with An space visitors bypass on Highway 6). The detour takes by way of visitors up Coloradverto Highway 13 to U.S. 40 at Craig headverted east to Coloradverto Highway 9 south to I-70 at Silverthorne. Traffic advertministration On the diversion factors is now be run by a contractor, CDOT said.

CDOT and contractor crews are collectively managing Exit 116 in Glenwood Springs, and CDOT Continues to be manning Every facet of Coloradverto Highway 82 over Indepfinishence Move till a contractor can mobilize extra flaggers.