I-70 closed at Silt exit


As of Wednesday night, traffic traveling east is being diverted off Interstate 70 as it approaches the Silt overpass, at mile marker 97, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The detour could last for two weeks.

The overpass was damaged Sunday when a water tanker, heading east on I-70, hit the top of the overpass.

According to CDOT:

• Motorists traveling east who want to get to Silt (on the north side of the interstate) will travel on the south-side frontage road about 2 1/2 miles, take the farmer’s overpass to the north side of I-70, and travel back west on U.S. Highway 6 to get into Silt.

• Traffic headed west on I-70 will be unaffected. But motorists wanting to access Silt will be detoured at New Castle to use U.S. Highway 6.

• Traffic from Silt, north of I-70, will use U.S. Highway 6 to enter I-70 at New Castle or at Rifle.

• To access the south side of the interstate, motorists will need to take U.S. Highway 6 to the farmer’s overpass, 2 1/2 miles east, then travel back west on the frontage road or county roads to their destination.

• There will be no eastbound I-70 access at this interchange, in order to keep the on-ramp free for through traffic. Motorists wanting to enter east on I-70 will need to travel east on the frontage road to New Castle.

Repairs will cost $140,000, and CDOT said such costs usually are covered by insurance.


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