POST DATE: Tuesday, March 9. 2010
If you have plans to fly to Denver and then drive to Aspen for your Spring Break vacation, you'd better move on to Plan B.
Just after midnight yesterday a large rock-slide hit I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, near mile marker 125. It's estimated the slide brought 20 boulders onto the Interstate, ranging in size from 3 feet to 10 feet in diameter. The largest is estimated to weigh about 66 tons. The rocks have made holes in the elevated sections of roadway.
As you might imagine, I-70 is closed in both directions to all traffic. While there is no estimate for a re-open day or time, Colorado Department of Transportation will blast and break up larger boulders and will work to assess when a portion of the roadway might be opened for travel.
NOTE: the last time this happened, in 2004, it took two months to get the road fully re-opened.
If you're planning to spend Spring Break in Aspen, you might want to check with your lodging rep, and you might want to think about changing your reservations to Vail. It's a clear shot from Denver International Airport ... or the Eagle/Vail airport ... here.