I-70 closed through Glenwood Canyon again due to flash flood concerns

Transportation officials shut down Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon once again Wednesday afternoon due to the potential for flash flooding through the burn scar from last year’s Grizzly Creek fire.

All traffic is shut down between Exit 133 (Dotsero) and Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs), according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Officials also are creating closure points for eastbound traffic at Exit 87 (West Rifle) and possibly Exit 109 (Canyon Creek), CDOT said in a news release.

For westbound motorists from the Denver area, the alternate route is to get off I-70 at Exit 205 (Silverthorne) and travel north on Colo. 9 toward Kremmling, according to CDOT. Continue west on U.S. 40 and then south on Colo. 13 to return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (Exit 90).

Eastbound travelers are advised to detour using the same route, but in reverse, CDOT said.

I-70 through Glenwood Canyon repeatedly has been shut down this summer either due to flash-flood concerns or actual mudslides over the roadway from the Grizzly Creek burn scar.

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