The Effort To Reopen I-70 In Glenwood Canyon Will Be A Long Haul

August 3, 2021
I-70 through Glenwood Canyon has been closed multiple times this year due to mudslides. As of July 31, it will continue to be closed due to "extreme damage" from the latest round of heavy rain and flooding.I-70 through Glenwood Canyon has been closed multiple times this year due to mudslides. As of July 31, it will continue to be closed due to "extreme damage" from the latest round of heavy rain and flooding.Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation
I-70 through Glenwood Canyon has been closed multiple times this year due to mudslides. As of July 31, it will continue to be closed due to "extreme damage" from the latest round of heavy rain and flooding.

With debris more than 10 feet deep in spots and infrastructure damage to the highway, the effort to clear and reopen I-70 through Glenwood Canyon will be a long, slow process. We get perspective from CDOT's chief engineer, Steve Harelson, and talk about ideas to prevent mudslide and debris flows from shutting down the much-travelled stretch of road in the future.