Road crews in Idaho Springs, Colorado have closed down Interstate 70 westbound on Tuesday morning, Nov. 26, 2019, due to a rockslide. Drivers should expect the Interstate to be closed for an extended period of time. Additionally, road conditions are further compromised as a major snowstorm has been dropping impressive totals.
At 7:20 a.m., a camera image posted by the Colorado Department of Transportation showed the I-70 westbound lanes backed up. All westbound traffic is being diverted back to exit 248 – the Beaver Brook/Floyd Hill exit. At 8:30 a.m., the Colorado State Patrol announced that the closure will be a “long duration incident.”
Initial reports stated that there were no alternate routes to get around the rockslide. Patrol even suggested that drivers should “just stay home.”
Residents of Idaho Springs are being allowed through the roadblock with proper identification.
It is unclear how many rocks have fallen on the roadway. Travelers are urged to take U.S. 285 as an alternate route.
By Jeanette Vietti
CBS Denver: Rock Slide Leads To Extended Interstate 70 Closure At Idaho Springs
9 News: ‘Just stay home:’ Rock slides close I-70
Summit Daily News: Westbound I-70 closed near Idaho Springs due to rock slide
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