GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A rock slide caused a major traffic problem on Colorado’s Western Slope Tuesday morning. The Colorado Department of Transportation closed Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon Tuesday morning at approximately 8 a.m. Eastbound lanes reopened about 10:40 a.m. and one westbound lane was opened at noon.

CDOT says drivers should expect delays into Wednesday morning.

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CDOT officials said they don’t believe any vehicles were hit by falling rocks, but some drivers were stuck in the canyon for a short time. No one was injured. Officials said some of the rocks were as big as small SUVs.

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Eastbound traffic had been stopped at mile marker 116, the Glenwood Springs exit, until 10:40 a.m. when it reopened. Westbound traffic has been stopped at mile marker 133, about four miles west of Dotsero.

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Crews with heavy equipment are clearing rock and boulders and a geo-hazard team is accessing the slope where the slide occurred to see if there is a danger of more rocks falling.

There could be more closures in the canyon later on Tuesday as repair work continues.


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