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Old 03-08-2010   #1
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Rock Slide in Glenwood Canyon

I-70 in Glenwood Canyon closed due to large rockslide | PostIndependent.com

There was another large rockslide in Glenwood Canyon last night. The article says the largest boulder is 66tons. Looks like it took place right at Upper Death/Life After. The article also says they will need to blast some of the rock before it is moved. Do they haul it away or throw it over the side?

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they should have that cleaned up in only about 10 years or so judging by how long it took them to build that road.

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this is not good. that looks like some real damage, might take a few weeks to open?
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they should have that cleaned up in only about 10 years or so judging by how long it took them to build that road.

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Really? Do you have any idea what you are talking about?
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I'm guessing months...holes thru the bridge deck...straight thru (one hole 6'x6'...other lane 10'x20') I design and build roads with CDOT...thats gonna take awhile.

I would say thru the summer for both lanes to open..
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I'm guessing months...holes thru the bridge deck...straight thru (one hole 6'x6'...other lane 10'x20') I design and build roads with CDOT...thats gonna take awhile.

I would say thru the summer for both lanes to open..
I agree it is going to be a long time before both directions are open. A 10' x 20' hole through that pecast structure did some serious damage to the structure. Remember all the sensitivity they have to exercise when working in the canyon when it comes to plant life and damage. I imagine they will have to replace the worst section of the bridge and that will not be an easy task at all. The 6' x 6' in the lower might be fixable. CDOT's site has 4 good pics.

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this is not good, what do they think this will do for traffic both ways? closed permanently? i hope not. what about detours? anything reasonable? i'm nervous... was looking forward to sho-sho and glenwood wave early season. fuck...
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One thing is lucky...it occured coming right out of the Hanging Lake Tunnel, where all the lanes are on one platform.
Maybe they have one lane of traffic with a flagger and delays using the paved shoulder. The next step would be to fix the that 6'x6' hole first (few months?) this would then divert two lanes of traffic to one side of the road. Lastly they would have to fix the massive hole for 4 lanes of traffic to open (half a year ??)

i would say some serious delay thru the summer. They do plan on allowing traffic during the repairs. HWY 50 over Monarch is now jacked and closed due to gaper traffic...only wyas around are Hwy50-Monarch and thru the Riflle-meeker detourium

There is more info and additional pictures on Glenwood Post website
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I'm thinking some west sloper set off a charge up in them thar hills ...just to keep the front rangers off the rivers out west now that runoff season is just around the corner! Let's see if the CDOT boys get that hiway fixed before the flows drop to tubing level


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I hate getting delayed with stop and go traffic in that canyon. That place is a game of Russian Roulette.

When I am parked in there for the latest overturned semi from Arkansas people are getting out, stretching, walking their dogs down the road, smoking cigs, peeing off the side, and all I can do is look up and watch for the avalanche of rocks coming to kill us all.
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