Colorado to temporarily close I-70 through Glenwood Canyon


GLENWOOD SPRINGS | A portion of Interstate 70 in Colorado will close for much of Wednesday and Thursday while crews install heavy-duty fencing to prevent rock slides.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports ( that crews will use a helicopter to lift 13 steel posts to two sites in Glenwood Canyon. The work follows a rock slide that sent boulders the size of small cars onto the highway along the Colorado River in February.

Colorado Department of Transportation geotechnical specialists chose the fence locations and say they included some overlapping protection.

The highway will be fully closed between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

The rock slide mitigation project will continue until September. Workers don’t expect to need any full closures after Thursday.