More rock work planned in canyon

Interstate 70 motorists should prepare for traffic stops in Glenwood Canyon on Wednesday and Thursday for rockfall work, and single-lane, two-way traffic and limited rest area access in parts of the canyon through June for a resurfacing project.

The work will affect not only traffic, but recreational access to the Colorado River.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and Yenter Companies plan to use pry bars to bring down dangerous rocks near the Bair Ranch Rest Area in the eastern part of the canyon. Traffic will be reduced to one lane each way. Some full traffic stops will be required when rocks are being dislodged.  Work may last until 7 p.m. each day.

Also Wednesday, weather-permitting, CDOT will begin concrete resurfacing between Grizzly Creek Rest Area and the Hanging Lake Tunnel. The $2.9 million project will require two-direction, single-lane traffic in what are normally westbound lanes, from No Name Tunnel to Hanging Lake Tunnel. The speed limit will be 40 mph and there will be a 12-foot width restriction.

The detour will close the eastbound I-70 onramp at the No Name Rest Area, except for commercial rafters and guides needing access to the Grizzly Creek Rest Area. The eastbound off-ramp at Grizzly Creek is expected to be closed through May 28.

The Glenwood Canyon Bike Path will remain open during the project, as will the Hanging Lake Rest Area and parking for the heavily used Hanging Lake Trail.

People may direct questions about the resurfacing project to call Tom Newland at 970-773-3457.


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