To our partner carriers who by now may know that I-70 through the Glenwood Canyon portion between mile markers 133 and 111 has been affected by a very large rock slide. It has been closed in both directions for a bit and it’s recently been reopened with heavy travel restrictions. (see below) We at Stevens West are suggestion that our friends in the big rigs, if you don’t need to travel on I-70 for the next little bit, to stay up on Hwy 80 or down on Hwy 40 if your heading to the western US. If you can’t, please make sure you follow the alternate detour route suggested by CDOT and don’t rely on GPS to get you around the rock slide. Some trucks have gotten stuck in real bad winter conditions up on Independence Pass (which is closed for the winter) and other out of the way roads that your GPS may send you on . First they are remote, and secondly NO place for a semi in the summer, not to mention the winter.
Paragraph below is the latest news from the CDOT website as of today 3/2/16. We will keep our ears and eyes on the situation and try to keep you informed through our blog. The link to the CDOT website is : http://cotrip.org/home.htm
I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is open to traffic 24/7. All traffic is using the eastbound lanes. Because of the one lane “head to head” traffic configuration, this is a NO PASSING area through the canyon, and a 10 ft width restriction is enforced. Future closures are likely as rock work and repairs are still ongoing. Delays of 30 minutes to one hour through the canyon are still possible. Please note: Cottonwood Pass in Eagle County and Independence Pass are both closed and not available as alternate routes. Frying Pan Road and Hagerman Pass are not recommended alternate routes. Estimated delays: 1+ hour