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Colorado wants to start ticketing the tens of thousands of drivers who illegally use the I-70 mountain express lane

Nearly 50,000 motorists broke the law in 2020 when they drove in the eastbound Interstate 70 express toll lane through Clear Creek County while it was closed and supposed to be serving as the emergency shoulder. Colorado let those I-70 scofflaws off the hook and it has likely been giving thousands more drivers a similar […]

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How Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence could be shortened by the court, and the power Colorado’s governor has to intervene

The 110-year prison sentence imposed on Rogel Aguilera-Mederos for causing a fiery Interstate 70 wreck west of Denver that killed four people has stoked international outrage and prompted calls for Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ to intervene.  Jefferson County prosecutors have filed a motion asking the court to reconsider the sentence, which could change the penalty […]

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The final phase of restoration in Glenwood Canyon turns to debris-choked Colorado River

GLENWOOD CANYON — Andrew Knapp leans over the railing of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon and scowls at a jumble of rocks clogging the Colorado River. Those piercing piles of boulders — swept down the canyon walls in a cataclysmic rainstorm on July 29 — were rubbing against the retaining wall beneath the highway when […]

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Carpooling is the easiest, quickest way to cut ski traffic on I-70. But are Coloradans ready to share a ride?

Their stories are the same.  Halfway through a four-hour crawl to the slopes, they glanced around at the bumper-to-bumper traffic on Interstate 70.  “I felt so dumb being on I-70, driving myself in my car and looking over at other drivers who are alone or with empty seats,” Erwin Germain said.  “All of the cars […]

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Glenwood Springs is still dealing with the effects of a long I-70 closure this summer. Federal aid is a lifeline.

After a year marred by disease and wildfire, Defiance Rafting just east of Glenwood Springs was having a gangbuster whitewater season this summer — so much so that owner Gregory Cowan planned to replace the 26 rafts that came with the business when he bought it three years ago. But the mudslides that closed Interstate […]

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I-70 through Glenwood Canyon partially reopens; full reopening may not happen until Thanksgiving

One lane of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon reopened in each direction on Saturday morning after a two-week closure prompted by mud and rock slides that buried and damaged the heavily traveled route. But the Colorado Department of Transportation warned motorists to prepare for traffic and other delays. The agency also warned that a full […]

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I-70 through Glenwood Canyon may reopen as soon as Saturday afternoon

Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon could partially reopen as soon as Saturday afternoon, transportation officials said Wednesday. Crews hope to open two lanes of traffic — one traveling in each direction — through an area that was buried in mud and debris. The reopening depends on weather. Torrential rains in drainages scarred by fire caused the […]

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Colorado seeks $116 million in federal aid for mudslide cleanup along I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

Gov. Jared Polis is seeking $116 million in federal aid to support cleanup and repairs along Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, after tons of soupy mud and debris cascaded onto the highway, indefinitely closing one of the state’s busiest thoroughfares.  The Polis administration sought the aid through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief program and […]