I-70 reopens after crews remove semi from Colorado River


The FedEx semi in the Colorado River near Glenwood Springs. Credit: CDOT

This story has been updated.

RIFLE, Colo. (KDVR) — Eastbound Interstate 70 between Rifle and Glenwood Springs was closed for about two hours Wednesday while crews removed a semi-truck and two trailers from the Colorado River.

CDOT sent out an alert Tuesday warning of the possible closure. The eastbound lanes of the highway were closed starting at 11 a.m. The road reopened to passenger vehicles around 1 p.m., and reopened to all traffic around 6:30 p.m.

The closure allowed CDOT to recover a FedEx semi-truck with two trailers from the Colorado River just west of Glenwood Springs.

The semi crashed into the river on Sunday.

CDOT planned to put a crane in the right-most lane of the interstate to remove it. However, since more space was needed for the crane, all eastbound lanes were closed for several hours.

CDOT initially said the work could continue into Thursday, but crews were able to complete the recovery by Wednesday evening.

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