Eastbound I-70 opened near De Beque, 'suspicious item' rendered safe

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. According to the Grand Junction Police Department, eastbound I-70 is being re-opened shortly after 3:35 p.m. Westbound will remain closed for further investigation, but is expected to be open shortly.

Cars back up along I-70 near the Debeque exit Tuesday afternoon. The interstate was shut down as emergency crews investigated a 'suspicious item' found along the highway.

The 'suspicious item' left on the roadway was rendered safe by the Grand Junction Police Department's Bomb Squad at approximately 3:15 p.m.

At around 2:40 p.m. the Grand Junction Bomb Squad deployed their robot to further investigate the suspicious item on I-70.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials were picking up trash for their Adopt a Highway program at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when they encountered a suspicious item on the bridge that crosses the Colorado River east of De Beque - at approximately mile marker 62.8. At that time I-70 was completely closed between De Beque and the Mesa/Garfield County line.

Dan Chermok with the Colorado State Patrol said that the Grand Junction Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Department was called, and they requested assistance from the Grand Junction Police Department's Bomb Squad.

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