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I-70 Reopens In Glenwood Canyon After Mudslide Cleanup

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Colorado Department of Transportation
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Crews clear mud and debris from the I-70 on Monday.

Updated 6/29/2021 at 8:45 a.m.

A portion of Interstate 70 in western Colorado closed by a series of mudslides near where a wildfire burned last year re-opened Monday.

Eastbound lanes of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon opened at 3 p.m. and westbound lanes opened about three hours later.

The largest of the mudslides that happened on Sunday along Colorado's main east-west highway flowed down the same drainage as the one that happened Saturday along the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar, the Glenwood Post Independent reported. The fire, which started in August, burned about 51 square miles.

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A series of mudslides caused closures on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon overnight from Exit 87 to Exit 133, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Sunday's main mudslide reached 80 feet wide and 5 feet deep in areas.

On Saturday, the mud spread 70 feet wide and was 5 feet deep in places. Saturday's highway closure lasted several hours.

Travelers may have to expect on-and-off closures of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon when rainfall is expected in the area this summer, Kane Schneider, a CDOT transportation maintenance employee, said.

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