UPDATE: I-70 open after rockfall

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UPDATE: CDOT announced that Interstate 70 opened just after 3 p.m. in both directions following a rock slide near Cameo early Wednesday morning.
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UPDATE: Westbound Interstate 70 is again open to traffic. Officials say the eastbound lanes are still closed pending additional rock removal.

A rockslide this morning closed Interstate 70 in both directions just east of Palisade, sending motorists on a roughly 90-mile detour along Grand Mesa via Colorado Highway 65 and U.S. Highway 50.

The interstate as of 8:20 a.m. was closed both ways at milepost 46 after a large rock — at least eight-by-eight feet — tumbled down into the eastbound lane, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. No vehicles were hit and nobody was hurt.

Smaller rocks and debris fell into westbound traffic.

Westbound motorists are being diverted off I-70 at exit 49 onto Colorado Highway 65, while eastbound traffic is being diverted near Clifton at exit 37 to Colorado Highway 141. CDOT is suggesting an alternative route using Colorado Highway 65 and U.S. Highway 50. The Grand Mesa detour potentially adds about 90 minutes to a trip.

CDOT said the closure could remain until late afternoon or early evening as a contractor at the scene completes scaling work. Hillsides were described around 10 a.m. as still being unstable.

Check back later today for updates at gjsentinel.com.



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