Westbound Interstate 70 has reopened to travelers following a massive accident involving a semitruck shut down the highway at Glenwood Canyon Monday afternoon, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The crash shut down the highway both ways between mile markers 116-233 at around one p.m. (Glenwood Springs up to Dotsero).
“Motorists must be aware of the safety closure to be in place until at the very least until late in the evening,” CDOT said. “Motorists will be diverted to the southern or northern alternate routes. Alternate routes will increase at minimum 2.5 hours of travel time.”
Westbound I-70 opened to traffic around 10 p.m. According to a press release issued by CDOT. Eastbound I-70 is expected to be reopened within one hour after when the new release is released at 10 p.m. announcement. CDOT stated that the closure was essential for the crews to ensure that they could ensure that the accident was removed.
Colorado police report
From Feb.14 until February. 16 Colorado State Patrol will be looking out for speeding, reckless traffic violations, and reckless speeding throughout Glenwood Canyon as winter weather is settling in and starts to affect I-70. The speed limit is too high for the conditions. has been the cause or contributor to all closures to crashes in the Canyon until 2023.
“Speeding is the unaddressed danger that is affecting the communities we live in,” stated Col. Matthew C. Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Driving beyond the limit or going too speedy for the road is now a major problem for motorists. We hope that our presence will serve as an encouragement to keep track of the speed you drive at.”
Unsafe speeds can result in numerous other driver mistakes, such as the inability of maintaining an appropriate lane position, and decreases the time the speeding driver and others around them need to stop or get away from the road to avoid collisions.
In addition, lane-related violations such as unsafe lane changes, could be deadly as troopers keep looking for drivers who are aggressive as they travel in the canyon.
Colorado roads see a lot of traffic all through the year, which is a reminder of that it’s important to be sharing roads with others and obeying the basic rules. The residents and visitors within Glenwood Canyon are asked to observe the posted speed limit. Glenwood Canyon area are asked to observe the posted speed limit when driving. Also The Colorado State Patrol wants you to be attentive while driving and to wear your seatbelt.