Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has scheduled full closures Wednesday and Thursday in Glenwood Canyon.
The canyon will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. The reason for this week’s closure over a 17-mile stretch of 1-70 is because a military style helicopter will deliver more than a dozen steel posts that are 16 feet in height. These will help build fencing for a rock fall mitigation project, which is classified as an emergency. That’s after this past spring’s massive rock slides.
The Glenwood Canyon trail will be open to cyclists. For vehicles, CDOT is recommending alternative routes such as Independence Pass and U.S. 50 at Grand Junction.
The undertaking has been in the works since April and should be wrapped up by September 1. CDOT does not expect any more full closures in relation to this project after Thursday.