Multiple I-70 closures due to 3 separate crashes
Update: Crashes and westbound closures have been cleared and opened near the Eisenhower Tunnel and the Rifle Garfield County Airport. Updated January 30th at 8:45 p.m.
Multiple crashes shut down Interstate 70 on Monday, from the Eisenhower Tunnel to Glenwood Canyon.
I-70 westbound was shut down through the Eisenhower Tunnel near exit 216. Another crash near mile marker 94 and the Rifle Garfield County Airport also shut down I-70 westbound. And a third crash closed I-70 in both directions in Glenwood Canyon.
Photos from the Colorado Department of Transportation show the semi-truck cab dangling over the barrier’s edge between the westbound and eastbound lanes.
CDOT expects the closure between Exit 133 in Dotsero and Exit 116 in Glenwood Springs to last late into Monday night. Motorists can still access Glenwood and Highway 82 leading to Aspen.
Alternate routes around Glenwood Canyon include US 40 to the north and Highway 50 to the south. Westbound motorists from Denver can leave I-70 at exit 205, near Silverthorne, and travel north on Colorado Highway 9 towards Kremmling where they meet with US 40.
However, those alternate routes could add several hours of travel, and CDOT recommends checking the weather before attempting either detour.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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