GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Traffic is moving again on Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon following destructive rock slides, but all vehicles have an escort.
The highway will close again Tuesday at 9 a.m. as crews work to repair the damage from two rock slides last week. It will reopen at 4 p.m. with a pilot car program that will continue in the days to come until the road is once again safe.READ MORE: 'If Roots Don't Get Moisture, They Die': Experts Say To Water Landscaping As Colorado Faces Abnormal Warm And Dry Spell
The Colorado Department of Transportation says there’s still a lot of work to do before traffic gets back to normal.
At 4 p.m. on Monday vehicles were lined up and the delays were long — sometimes up to four hours.
“You know that you’re trying to get somewhere by a certain time; you’re almost better taking the alternate route,” Tracy Truelove with CDOT said. “You kind of have to roll the dice on whether sitting here is worthwhile, and then you’re still going to end up getting into a queue.”
Temporary rock slide fences have been put in place allowing for the one-lane pilot car operation.READ MORE: Booking Booster Shots Proves Challenging For Some Coloradans
On top of the continued rock fall threat, snow could even create more problems for CDOT.
“If we have this kind of weather blow in it’s going to slow down that operation,” Truelove said.
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Read a news release from CDOT that includes more information on the closure, travel impacts and alternate routes.