Interstate 70 is once again closed due to mudslides and flash-flood concerns through Glenwood Canyon.
The Colorado Department of Transportation announced the closure before 9 p.m. Tuesday and will remain closed Wednesday morning.
According to the CDOT, the road is closed at exit 87 (West Rifle), exit 109 (Canyon Creek), exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) and exit 133 (Dotsrow).
The CDOT said Wednesday morning that there was no estimated time to reopen the interstate.
️ UPDATE: CDOT staff are monitoring and assessing multiple mudslides #I70 in Glenwood Valley. Safety is a top priority tonight and the crew will begin cleaning up once it is safe to do so. All closure status updates will be here https://t.co/uOU0HHtweG and 511. pic.twitter.com/Jb9ccuXUSg
— Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) (@ColoradoDOT) 21 July 2021
The engineering marvel that is this part of the interstate has been closed several times this summer following hurricane or flash-flood threats. Mudslides have descended along the canyon from burn marks caused by the Grizzly Creek fire, which scorched 32,000 acres in the canyon in 2020.
The roundabout of this section of I-70 takes passengers from west on I-70 to north on Colo. 9. In Kremling, motorists are to turn west onto US 40 toward Steamboat Springs. After reaching Craig, drivers must return south through Colo 13 to Rifle. Access to I-70 westbound is on rifle. Directions are reversed from the western slope.
The route is approximately 100 miles long, and it takes drivers into northwest Colorado. Non-Professional Motorist Freedom Pass above Colo. 82 can be used.
CDOT cautions against using vehicle navigation applications to seek alternative routes.
Officials also say that if you are caught in adverse circumstances, wait for the road to clear and do not leave your vehicle unless necessary.