Rockfall mitigation shifts traffic flow on I-70

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Colo (KKCO) - Expect some minor delays through Debeque Canyon over the next few weeks.

C-DOT is working on a rockfall mitigation project in an effort to prevent future spring rockslides.

There may be some slowdowns, but C-DOT expects the work will make for a safer commute through the mountains.

Starting Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation will install rock bolts to stabilize the hills above the existing retaining wall at mile marker 51.

And at mile marker 53 and 56, crews plan to drill, blast, and scale rocks from the hillside.

To do this, they say they have to require all traffic to use just the WB lanes for a 7 mile stretch through late April.

Then they'll open one EB lane until work is complete.
They expect work to wrap up by mid-May.

And C-DOT says it has added a work item to the rockfall repair project in Glenwood Canyon.

Crews are going to install 14,000 feet of rockfall netting along a section of canyon wall.

This is part of the repair work for Colorado's biggest rockslide ever, that happened on March 8th.

The wire mesh is designed to catch the rocks that are less than 3 feet in diameter from hitting the interstate.

The netting will be installed at mile markers 124 and 125, just west of the Hanging Lake tunnel.

Crews expect this project to wrap up by mid-May as well.

WB traffic is switched onto the inside EB lane through the work zone, separated from the single lane of EB traffic by a concrete barrier.

They say the Glenwood Canyon bike path should be opened sometime this month.

But the sections between the Shoshone Power Plant and Hanging Lake rest area will stay closed for safety purposes.

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