I-70 reopens Friday after rock slide shuts down interstate for hours

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Drivers travel east on Interstate 70 after being turned around at the Beaver Brook exit due to a rock slide. / Photo courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation

Drivers travel east on Interstate 70 after being turned around at the Beaver Brook exit due to a rock slide. / Photo courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation

DENVER — A portion of Interstate 70 was closed in the Colorado mountains due to a rockslide on Friday.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) closed eastbound and westbound lanes at mile marker 248 near Floyd Hill Friday morning. I-70 was closed for a 16-mile stretch between Beaver Brook and Highway 40 Empire Junction for much of Friday.

CDOT reopened westbound I-70 around 6 p.m. Friday. CDOT reopened eastbound I-70 around 4 p.m. but drivers should be careful as winter weather and strong winds moved into the area.

Before heading to the mountains, travelers should check www.cotrip.org and plan ahead before heading out for a destination.

CDOT suggested Highway 285 out of Denver, Highway 24 out of Colorado Springs, or Highway 50 out of Pueblo as alternate routes.

The interstate was closed at Exit 203 Frisco and Exit 205 Silverthorne.

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