The reopening of the stretch of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon closed by wildfire could happen within several days, state transportation officials said Thursday.
The highway has been shut down in both directions from Glenwood Springs to Gypsum since Aug. 10 because of the Grizzly Creek fire. It’s the longest closure of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon in the highway’s history.
Shoshana Lew, executive director of the Colorado Department of Transpiration, said on Thursday that the department is “doing everything possible to expedite” the reopening of the highway.
Engineering crews have been checking on damage to the highway from fire, rock slides and debris. So far, heat from the fire does not appear to have done extensive damage to the roadway.
The highway remains closed for safety reasons, to protect the traveling public and firefighters who continue to work in the area.
Highway officials stressed Thursday that the southern detour, on U.S. 285 and U.S. 50, and the northern detour, on Interstate 80, are working well and the routes are capable of accommodating the increased traffic levels.
Highway officials stressed that drivers using the routes should remain patient and cautious in their travel, and that accidents, often caused by inattentive or impatient drivers, cause shutdowns and delays.
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