Mudslides bring I-70 traffic through Aspen with more rain predicted – Aspen Times

A line of automobiles on Freeway 82 are agained As a lot As a Outcome of the Aspen/Pit…….

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A line of automobiles on Freeway 82 are agained As a lot As a Outcome of the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport As a Outcome of they merge Proper into a single lane on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Occasions)

The closure of Interstate 70 by way of Glenwood Canyon all day Wednesday flushed A delicate stream of visitors by way of Aspen and up Indepfinishence Move, regulation enforcement officers said.

Aspen Police Sgt. Terry Leitch said the visitors headverting east by way of Aspen Appeared like rush hour for The complete day.

“What We typinamey see between 7:30 (a.m.) and 10 and from 3:30 (p.m.) To 5, that was all day prolonged,” he said. “We now have A persevering with circulate going up And by way of metropolis.”



Traffic headverting out of metropolis advertditionally was heavy all day, although he said downvalley visitors was like that earlier than the Glenwood Canyon closure.

Coloradverto Division of Transportation staff have been submited On the Pitkin County and Lake County facets of Indepfinishence Move To shield in the direction of semi-vans and completely different automobiles prolongeder than 35-ft sneaking up the slfinisher roadvert and snarling visitors, Letich said. Nonetheless, one outsized car — it wasn’t clear Wednesday afternoon precisely what it was — madverte it up the Move and stopped visitors Inside the early afternoon, he said.



Deputies with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office Needed to go As a lot as The world and assist the car again down out of the slfinisher space And change round, Leitch said. A name to the Sheriff’s Office looking for extra information Wednesday afternoon was not returned.

A line of automobiles on Freeway 82 are agained As a lot As a Outcome of the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport As a Outcome of they merge Proper into a single lane on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Occasions)

Rainstorms Inside the extreme nation triggered mudslides Tuesday in 5 spots on the interstate in Glenwood Canyon, Based mostly on CDOT information launchs. As properly as, three mudslides Tuesday lowered Freeway 133 shut to McClure Move south of Carbondale To at least one lane of alternating visitors Wednesday, whereas two slides shut to The very Greater of Indepfinishence Move on the Lake County facet triggered factors Tuesday night.

The slides shut to The very Greater of the Move have been every about 20 ft prolonged And 4 ft deep, Based mostly on a CDOT upkeep supervisor who was on scene. Regardless of earlier warnings, Indepfinishence Move was by no implys shutd Tuesday, the supervisor said.

Glenwood Canyon shutd about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday after the 5 separate mudslides and opened late Wednesday Evening time.

A CDOT information launch warned of “the monsoon season in full influence Through The subsequent 7-10 days” with sluggish-shifting storms and The potential Of good rain in wildfire burn sautomobiles throughout the state, collectively with the Grizzly Creek Hearth scar in Glenwood Canyon.

The Nationwide Climate Service forecast says the monsoonal moisture in western Coloradverto will imply “Daily scattered to pretty A pair of showers and thunderstorms” by way of the weekfinish. “Localized flash flooding Shall be potential in response to heavy rains and saturated soils,” Based mostly on the NWS hazardous weather outlook.

Transportation officers are closing I-70 by way of the canyon when a flash flood warning is in influence Inside The world As a Outcome of of considerations from the 2020 wildfire, which burned Greater than 32,600 acres Across the canyon.