Vail pass area scheduled to close for rock blasting operations

Work is resuming on CDOT's West Vail project.
Work is resuming on CDOT's West Vail project.(MGN)
Published: May. 8, 2023 at 12:31 PM MDT
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VAIL, Colo. (KKCO) - Work has resumed on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s I70 West Vail Pass Auxiliary Lanes project, bringing traffic holds and delays for motorists and recreationists in the area. The next phase of rock blasting is scheduled for tonight, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

CDOT says drivers should expect the following:

  • The eastbound lanes of I70 will be closed at exit 180, near the East Vail interchange during traffic holds.
  • The westbound lanes of I70 will be closed at exit 190, near the top of the Vail Pass interchange during traffic holds.
  • Traffic holds are expected to last 30 minutes at a time, but CDOT said to plan for additional delays due to the time required to clear held traffic.
  • Traffic holds will only happen once an evening, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. CDOT says that the exact time when the hold will begin will depend on local conditions.
  • Only one blasting operation is scheduled for Monday night.

CDOT also said that people using the Vail Pass Recreation Trail will be impacted:

Real-time updates on traffic updates and road conditions are available at and on the COTrip app.