Interstate 70 Reopens Near Idaho Springs After Rock Slides

Idaho Springs-Interstate 70 is back open in both directions near Idaho Springs Monday morning after work to clean up from a trio of rock slides over the weekend. Eastbound lanes reopened around 5:00 a.m., and westbound lanes were opened to traffic about 5:30 a.m.

The slides occurred Saturday and Sunday, forcing drivers to
spend hours in traffic before being rerouted to a frontage road. Engineers and geologists scrambled both days to stabilize the side of the mountain where rocks and huge boulders tumbled onto the highway.

The three slides happened in the same general area about 30
miles west of Denver. Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Stacey Stegman says the area isn't known for having problems, but recent heavy rains apparently loosened the rocks.

Westbound I-70 will be closed from Idaho Springs to Dumont starting at 9 p.m Monday night. Traffic will be diverted at exit 239. The closure will remain until crews are able to conduct blasting operations at first light Tuesday morning.

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