The Latest: Rock slide to keep highway mostly shut for weeks

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Posted: Feb 17, 2016 2:03 PM
The Latest: Rock slide to keep highway mostly shut for weeks

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado rock slide that closed 24 miles of a busy highway (all times local):

11 a.m.

Colorado officials say traffic on a 24-mile stretch of a key east-west highway won't be back to normal for weeks because of a rock slide that's sending travelers on detours taking up to four hours.

The slide sent rocks the size of small cars onto Interstate 70 Monday, damaging a tractor-trailer but causing no injuries. The Colorado Department of Transportation shut the highway in both directions from Glenwood Springs in the west to Gypsum in the east.

Agency spokeswoman Amy Ford said Wednesday that one lane was expected to open Thursday but it could be several weeks before the interstate is fully reopened.

The affected stretch, in a deep, narrow canyon carved by the Colorado River, is normally four lanes. Officials say about 300 vehicles per hour travel through the canyon on average every day.