IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – After several hours, road crews cleaned up a rock slide at Interstate 70 westbound at Idaho Springs. I-70 reopened about 1:30 p.m.

The slide happened during a major storm that continued to produce impressive snow totals, complicating matters near the Colorado mountain town.

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I-70 closed at Idaho Springs due to a rock slide (credit: CDOT)

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A Colorado Department of Transportation camera at 7:20 a.m. showed cars backed up in the I-70 westbound lanes. All traffic was turned back at exit 248 — the Beaver Brook/Floyd Hill exit. Approximately an hour later the Colorado State Patrol said the closure will be a “long duration incident.”

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Residents of Idaho Springs were allowed through the roadblock during the closure. They were being asked to show identification to be allowed through.

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(credit: CDOT)

The slide was cleared and all lanes were reopened to traffic about six hours after the closure.

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In the lower elevations, I-70 is closed east of the Denver metro area. A fatal crash near Avon also led to a separate I-70 closure in the mountains on Tuesday morning.

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