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A rock slide along I-70 in Glenwood Canyon between Grand Junction and Vail has the westbound lanes of the interstate closed indefinitely.
Both directions of the interstate were closed early Tuesday, and crews were able to reopen eastbound lanes at 11 a.m. local time. The Colorado State Patrol says intermittent eastbound lane closures will occur throughout the day Tuesday for safety mitigation. The westbound lanes will remain closed until the rock slide is cleared. Colorado Department of Transportation Communications Director Amy Ford says crews plan to open one westbound lane Tuesday evening.
CDOT says an alternate route for westbound drivers is to take Colorado 131 north at Wolcott Springs, then west on U.S. 40 to Craig, then Colorado 13 to Rifle and back to I-70. The reverse can be taken by eastbound drivers. This is a 203-mile alternate route that will take about three hours and 50 minutes to travel. It adds 146 miles and about three hours to a regular trip from Wolcott to Rifle on I-70, which is 67 miles.
Another alternate route is for eastbound drivers to take U.S. 50 south out of Grand Junction to U.S. 285/24, or the reverse for westbound drivers.
Nevada plans I-15 lane reduction Wednesday
The Nevada Department of Transportation will close the right two lanes of I-15 North, just south of the Gold Strike Casino in Jean, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The temporary lane closures are needed for an emergency road repair near milemarker 12, patching a 12-foot by 30-foot area of road damaged by a car fire.