Mudslide cleanup complete in Glenwood Canyon, I-70 open both directions


Mudslides on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon (photo courtesy of Glenwood Springs Fire Department)

GLENWOOD CANYON, Colo. (KDVR) — The Colorado Department of Transportation opened westbound Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, from West Rifle (Exit 87) to Dotsero (Exit 133) on Monday evening, just a few hours after reopening eastbound traffic.

CDOT update on I-70 closure

“CDOT worked through the night on clean up of I-70 and made significant progress. It is anticipated that EB will reopen later this morning. WB remains closed with no estimated time of reopening,” shared CDOT.

Kane Schneider with CDOT said there was twice as much debris on the highway than Saturday as two additional slides occurred next to each other, so cleanup took longer.

“The most difficult part of this is the debris flow, it’s just soup. It’s hard to contain and hard to clean up,” said CDOT Supervisor Fred Cummings.

Another mudslide closed the highway on Saturday in the same area from the same conditions. View the video from the mudslide on Saturday below.

This is a developing story. Updates will be provided as they are received.

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