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The Latest: Rock slide closes highway to Colorado ski areas

November 29, 2019 GMT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a rockslide affecting traffic to Colorado’s mountains (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

A rock slide has closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70, creating delays for people heading from the Denver area to Colorado ski areas.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials warned Friday that the closure near Idaho Springs may be extensive.

Officials say the alternative route to Summit County is U.S. Highway 285 to Colorado State Highway 9 but it is likely to have delays.

A nearby section of eastbound I-70 was also temporarily closed so crews could remove rocks that have become unstable to avoid another slide.

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Noon

A rock slide has closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70, creating delays for people heading from the Denver area to Colorado ski areas.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials said Friday that westbound vehicles between Beaver Brook and Dumont are being turned back, and that the closure and delays may be extensive.

Officials say an alternative route to Summit County is U.S. Highway 285 to Colorado State Highway 9, but that also is likely to experience delays.

A nearby section of eastbound I-70 is also closed until 3 p.m. so crews can remove rocks that have become unstable.

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9:30 a.m.

A rock slide has closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70, creating delays for people heading from the Denver area to Colorado ski areas.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials said Friday that westbound vehicles between Beaver Brook and Dumont are being turned back, and that the closure and delays may be extensive.

Officials say an alternative route to Summit County is U.S. Highway 285 to Colorado State Highway 9, but that also is likely to experience delays.

Parts of eastbound I-70 may also be closed later Friday for rockfall mitigation work.