Monday, March 8, 2010

Rockslide


Glenwood Canyon was closed in both directions near the Hanging Lakes exit early this morning due to a major rock slide. Reports indicate that some rocks the size of semi fell on to the roadway of Interstate 70. In the forty years that I have lived in Colorado there are three places that a regularly closed due to rock slides and just about any time of the year. All of Highway six in Clear Creek Canyon falls on a regular basis. A sheer rock face just above Georgetown falls every year and closes I 70. And then there is Glenwood Canyon with the same problem. You would think that after over fifty years of the Interstate system that the Colorado Department of Transportation should be able to fix the problems. In my experience they keep putting band aids on the problem expecting the rocks to never fall again. Hope springs eternal. I think that we need to rethink the management of the Colorado Department of Transportation and make ending the road closures a priority.

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