Beginning Monday evening, the Colorado Department of Transportation is set to close Interstate 70 east of Palisade to conduct rock fall mitigation.

Eastbound at Exit 45 and westbound at Exit 49 were closed for rock fall mitigation on Monday beginning at around 6:30 p.m.

Intermittent half hour stops were expected after the initial closure as crews needed to remove any loose rock from the area, according to the press release.

On Tuesday, any unstable rock will be removed from the slope as periodic stops may be necessary.

CDOT said this rock mitigation work is the direct response to a rockslide the occurred off I-70 last Thursday.

"This mitigation is needed to keep passing motorists safe from potential rocks falling onto the interstate lanes," the press release states.

Travels may consider these detours on Tuesday:

n For travelers going to Debeque or Rifle area going westbound take US 50 to CO 92, and then to CO 65 and eastbound CO 65 to CO 92 and then to US 50.

n If travellers are going to Glenwood Springs taking US 50 to CO 92 to CO 133 then to CO 82 would be easier.

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