EMPIRE JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4)– The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed the north side of the frontage road for Interstate 70 east of Empire Junction in Clear Creek County because of a rock slide.

Crews said there is more unstable rock remaining above the roadway on the north side of County Road 308.

The slope above the road is saturated and unstable which makes it unsafe for rock scaling crews to mitigate further potential rock fall risks.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

CDOT said with warmer weather in the forecast, CDOT anticipates rock mitigation to happen. When that does happen, short closures of I-70 could be necessary for safety reasons.

“We’re in the midst of rockfall season and ask for motorists to stay alert to potential hazards in the roadway while driving,” said Paul Jesaitis, CDOT Region 1 Transportation Director in a statement. “Our maintenance crews and geohazard team stay very busy this time of year, working hard to clear roadways and ensure the slopes above are stable and safe.”

CDOT recommends drivers use I-70 and Alvarado Road as an alternate route. Local residents can travel on the road to access their property but cannot traverse the slide area. Travel on I-70 and through Empire and Winter Park remains unaffected.

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