Colorado’s Interstate 70 is periodically closed

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 9, 2010 9:41 am

Yesterday we let you all know about the giant rockslide that left huge holes in Colorado’s Interstate 70. The road is closed in both directions, sending drivers on detours of up to 200 miles. Bum. Er.

From reports we’ve been sent, it appears that at least one detour can take you through some ski areas, like at Steamboat Springs. Good excuse for some midweek shredding??

Colorado governor Bill Ritter asked for money from the Federal Highway Administration to help pay for immediate repairs. The highway could be closed for weeks, so Ritter has declared a disaster emergency. “The immediate repair and reconstruction of the damaged highway is vital to the security, well-being, and health of the citizens of the state of Colorado,” Ritter stated in his emergency declaration.

No damage to people or cars has been reported.

The Denver Post recommends some detours:

All lanes are closed from mile marker 116 at Glenwood Springs east to mile marker 133 at the town of Dotsero. Up to 25,000 vehicles a day travel that section. Alternative routes are in effect:

• From westbound I-70: exit at U.S. 40 at Empire to Colorado 13 and back to I-70; exit in Silverthorne and take Colorado 9 to U.S. 40 and Colorado 13; exit at Wolcott on Colorado 131 to U.S. 40 and Colorado 13.

• From eastbound I-70: exit at Rifle on Colorado 13 to U.S. 40 and back to I-70.