I-70 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado Reopens After Safety Closure
On Wednesday, February 15th, another semi-truck overturned on I-70 near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The accident happened in almost the exact same spot as the one that closed the canyon on January, 30th.
This time the semi was carrying coffee products. The truck's trailer was torn to shreds after falling from the westbound lanes down to the eastbound lanes, which then spilled the coffee products all over the canyon.
Another Semi Turns Over Near Glenwood Canyon
Can you believe this accident happened in almost the exact same spot as the one on January 30th? The crash on February 15th caused a safety closer between exit 133 (Dotsero) to exit 116 (Glenwood Springs). The accident happened around 4:15 pm on Wednesday just west of the Hanging Lake exit.
I-70 Through Glenwood Canyon Has Reopened
We can thank our lucky stars that on Thursday morning, crews have been able to reopen both the east and westbound lanes of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. The eastbound side may be reduced to one lane at times during the rest of the cleanup.
Know Your Alternate Routes for I-70
Do you know the alternate routes that are available if there is a closure in Glenwood Canyon? CDOT recommends a southern detour and a northern one. Depending on winter weather one option may be better than the other. For the closure on February 15th, CDOT recommended the southern detour.
Motorists traveling west to Grand Junction from Denver can head south from Silverthorne to US 285 to US 50. Colorado 9 to US 285 to US 50 is also available but you may encounter snow on the roads in this area during the winter.
Grand Junction motorists wanting to travel east can use US 50 to US 285 and continue on to Denver.
The detour to the north is faster but is often snow-covered during months with significant winter weather.