I-70 closed as bridge repair begins

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Colorado Department of Transportation officials say bridge repair has begun in Silt that will affect traffic along I-70 and the bridge.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night officials are closing I-70 eastbound lanes as crews begin working to repair the Silt overpass that was hit by a tanker Sunday.

Traffic eastbound will be diverted off I-70 at the Silt exit ramp and directed back down the on-ramp to continue along I-70.

The overpass will be completely closed to traffic 24 hours a day for up to two weeks as crews use a heat process to repair the bridge's two west-side girders.

Drivers wanting to get to Silt from I-70 eastbound will travel on the south-side frontage road for 2.5 miles, take the farmers' overpass to the north side of the interstate and travel back west on US 6 to get to Silt.

Through traffic along westbound I-70 will not be affected. Those wanting to get to Silt from the westbound lanes will be detoured at New Castle to US 6.

Drivers from Silt will use US 6 to enter I-70 at New Castle or Rifle. There will be no eastbound I-70 access at the interchange from the south side of the interstate. Drivers will have to travel to New Castle.

CDOT closed I-70 at Silt (mm97) on July 26 after a tanker carrying a small amount of water hit the overpass bridge. The work is estimated to cost about $140,000.

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