CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The Colorado Department of Transportation will perform emergency rockfall mitigation on Thursday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 just west of Floyd Hill.

The mitigation will take place at mile marker 244, just west of Floyd Hill. Access to I-70 will be restricted or completely closed during the course of the mitigation, which is scheduled during daylight hours.

(credit: CDOT)

(credit: CDOT)

CDOT released the following specifics about the project:

  • Between 7 -9 a.m., eastbound I-70 lanes will be open and westbound I-70 traffic will be held for 30 minute intervals before being released as crews assess the rock face.
  • At 9 a.m., rock removal will begin and I-70 between Beaver Brook and Hidden Valley will be closed to traffic. Due to the uncertainty of the amount of material needing removal, there is no estimated completion time. Once all rock is removed, additional scaling and clean-up is required before the roadway can reopen.
  • Expect extended delays in the area throughout the mitigation operation.

 

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

CDOT spokesman Tony DeVito described the project as critical to safety.

“We understand the impact this has on motorists and residents in the area and ask for patience,” he said in a prepared statement.

Drivers are urged to plan an alternate route because of anticipated delays.

To receive real time information on this work, visit cotrip.org, call 511 or download the CDOT mobile app.

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