Glenwood Canyon’s I-70 to Undergo Vital Rockfall Protection Upgrades

In a proactive move to enhance road safety, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced a significant rockfall protection project for westbound Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon. Scheduled to commence in mid-April, this initiative aims to fortify the highway against potential rockfall incidents, ensuring the well-being of commuters and the longevity of one of Colorado’s critical transportation arteries.

Ensuring Traveler Safety

The upcoming project focuses on reconstructing rockfall protection systems near Mile Point 123, just west of the Blue Gulch drainage area. This section of I-70 has a history of rockfall incidents, with debris flows causing severe damage in 2021. The planned enhancements are a testament to CDOT’s commitment to preventing future disruptions and hazards on this vital route.

Motorists can expect work to begin the week of April 15th, continuing through April 26th. During this period, work hours are set from Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To facilitate these upgrades, a single lane westbound closure near the Shoshone Power Plant exit will be implemented, although eastbound traffic will remain unaffected.

Glenwood Canyon I70 Rockfall Protection Work

Minimizing Disruption

Understanding the importance of minimizing traffic disruptions, CDOT has devised a strategic plan to conduct the work efficiently while keeping travel delays to a minimum. The lane closure is carefully scheduled to avoid peak travel times, and CDOT will also be replacing guardrails along eastbound I-70 as part of their comprehensive approach to road maintenance in Glenwood Canyon.

Travelers are encouraged to stay informed about real-time lane closures and road conditions by utilizing resources such as and the COtrip Planner app. These tools provide valuable information to help motorists plan their journeys through the canyon during the construction period.

A History of Vigilance

Glenwood Canyon’s rugged terrain has posed challenges for road maintenance crews over the years. CDOT’s ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the highway’s infrastructure reflect a history of vigilance and adaptation to the natural elements. This latest project is another step in ensuring that I-70 remains a safe and reliable route for all who traverse the scenic canyon.

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