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Repairs Continue on Rockslide-Damaged I-70

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I-70 rockslide damage

CDOT workers tackle road damage from large rocks. Photo courtesy CDOT Facebook page.

A stretch of Interstate 70 that was damaged by rockslides last month is open once again, reports CBS Denver. No one was injured in the February 15 rockslides, during which huge boulders made holes in the highway decks.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) spokesperson Tracy Trulove told The Gazette that a 17-mile stretch of I-70 from Glenwood Springs to Dotsero was closed Tuesday to make needed repairs. Although the road was open to traffic a week after the slides — first in one lane, and then in two — more work is needed to open all four lanes.

On Tuesday, workers used a helicopter to bring netting to the area for rock mitigation on the side of canyon walls. The helicopter also was used to secure fencing, Elizabeth Hernandez wrote for The Denver Post.

CDOT says more sections of the road will be closed as the repair process continues. Because of detours to accommodate the road workers once the roads were partially reopened last month, trips by motorists have been taking several hours more than they did before.

The department estimates it will cost $5 million to repair both decks of the highway. No date has been announced for the completion of the repairs. Rest areas in Hanging Lakes, Grizzly Creek and Shoshone remain closed.

As this blog wrote last month, CDOT mobilized its Geohazards Team to scope the damage the rockslides did to the roadway. That section carries a daily average of 300 vehicles per hour, CDOT spokesperson Amy Ford said.

CDOT Job Opening

In a related news item, CDOT posted the following job opening announcement on its Facebook page:

Are you looking to make a job change? We’re looking to fill a Contracts and Procurement Support position in Golden out of our Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Branch. This position is part of a motivated team of professionals who take pride in implementing new technologies on Colorado highways to improve transportation safety and movement of people, goods, and information.

Those with professional experience in purchasing, contracts review, contract writing, technical writing, grant application writing/review and/or legal assistance should go to the job description page.


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