I-70 Glenwood Canyon update
This weekend was safe and productive. The weather was mostly sunny and clear. On Saturday, crews noted several small very fast-moving weather cells that wet the area down today with no closures, watches or warnings. Communication lines with NOAA were active and weather status was transferred often and with great accuracy. Crews hauled out 124 loads on Saturday and 104 loads on Sunday. Work this week will include flight operations by Xcel Energy and Holy Cross Energy, so motorists should anticipate limited traffic holds so that crews can safely conduct that work.
On Saturday and Sunday, Section 4 (Pueblo) crews concentrated their efforts at the No Name material dump site. Crews hauled out 130 loads to our new approved dump site in Silt which creates room for future emergency cleanup in the canyon. The crews then moved to Mile Point (MP) 120.5 westbound and cleaned behind the wall, removing 25 loads.
On Saturday, Section 5 (Denver) crews concentrated their effort on cleaning 2 clogged drains, one at MP 128.5. Crews were able to haul out 44 loads to expose two 48” drains. The second area worked on Saturday was at MP 127 to 129 under the highway, which has a standing pool of water. Crews continued searching for drop drains. Crews also cleaned the top rail along the way. Work in this second area was continued on Sunday, with 27 loads removed.
Xcel conducted work in Glenwood Canyon on Saturday and Sunday. Flight operations were necessary and required several short traffic holds with minimal delays.
For this week, Sections 4, 5, and 2 (Grand Junction and Glenwood Canyon area) will resume work at westbound MP 120 - 120.5 and MP 127 - 129. Sections 4 and 5 will be transitioning home today. CC Enterprises will be providing traffic control for them tomorrow as they work clearing debris and unclogging drains. Xcel Energy and Holy Cross Energy will conduct flight operations for repairs, which will require traffic holds. Work begins this week by the emergency repairs contractor, so CDOT crews from outside the area will no longer be requested.
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that an emergency exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Henri beginning on August 22, 2021, and continuing.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for Coloradans aged 16 and up. Governor Jared Polis urged Coloradans to get the safe, effective and now FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine.
“I know that some people were waiting for full FDA approval to get vaccinated, and now that day is finally here and you can start the protection clock today,” said Governor Polis.