Discussion in 'Blazer Bash' started by Bent77, Aug 20, 2020.
Dunno what yall talking bout lol its a straight shot for me lol.
I’m taking I-40 instead of I-70 every time.
Reports that I70 is open, and conflicting reports from the same site saying it’s closed.
Rumor has it has been reopened (thanks @doubletrouble )
Radio confirmed it’s open subject to safety closures
I think if the opportunity is there, we will come in I-76/I-70 from I-80. Now that I have a Dmax it should be doable!
Any reason not to?
As long as the engine braking works!
There’s at least 3 solid down hill sections
Keep an eye on this thread and the link. All of us CO guys are watching the road and fire updates for obvious reasons. We’ll keep it up to date
Yeah ,the Allison is awesome like that....when I was breaking in the new pads and rotors I was using the manual control and downshifting and could slow to about 5mph without using the brakes. Not that it would be even close towing down a mountain grade but it works.
I70 is definitely open through Glenwood Canyon
watch cotrip.org when trip time comes, it'll be all the latest info. Who knows what'll be happening then. It's been a roller coaster here. Luckily it's all mostly wildland stuff and minimal danger to housing and people thanks to good firefighter responses. Major problems when THE ROAD in here closes down but people aren't losing homes by the hundreds.
From cdot on the Glenwood Canyon corridor
I-70 is closed again!
Was closed from 1830 to 2000 due to a flare up.
The cliff notes said it will be assorted flavors of cluster**** just like @miniwally said
No fires on hwy 50 going through the southern route. Higher traffic volume obviously from Salida west due to denverites taking 285 southwest to 50.
There is a way to avoid going up to junction and picking up 70 again. Going west out of Montrose you can stay on county roads to Nucla and Naturita (90) to the state line where it turns into 46 and will run you straight to hwy 191 just south of Moab. It's part of the rimrocker network but by staying on the county roads you would be on graded dirt and back to pavement closer to Nucla.
If you want to go this way, look the map over well. It's not well marked for part of it out of Montrose.
I-70 through Glenwood Canyon
12’ width restriction MM116-133
Dotsero to Glenwood
Same area, single lane highway
Check www.cotrip.org for updates
Just as an FYI, I-70 through Glenwood Canyon should be good to go at this point. We've had some light rains that have helped to settle the ash and loose debris as well as knock the fire down. We've had several days straight now with little to no smoke in the valleys adjacent to the fire etc. If we get a hard rain there likely will be temporary closures for mudslides but again that's not expected to be the norm. Containment lines are getting reinforced daily and they've had 2 days of no new growth on the Grizzly Fire.
The Pine Gulch fire is enough north of I-70 that it was never really an issue for travel just heavy smoke, that fire is also currently looking like it's about done too.
Weather can change these conditions in a matter of hours or minutes but I wouldn't plan on driving hours out of your way to avoid Glenwood Canyon at this time.
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