Crashes and spinouts dot the I-70 mountain corridor east of the Eisenhower Tunnel

Multiple traffic crashes have been reported Wednesday afternoon on the Interstate 70 mountain corridor from the foothills to east of the Eisenhower Tunnel.

Crashes and “safety concerns” have shut down I-70 eastbound just east of the Eisenhower Tunnel, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. A traffic crash was also reported in the eastbound lanes of the highway east of Silverthorne.

The Colorado State Patrol said the eastbound closure of the tunnel starts at Silverthorne. Loveland Pass is “impacted” by weather and traffic safety concerns.

A crash on I-70 eastbound at the exit to U.S. 6 has shut down the exit and a local detour is in place, CDOT said. There have been multiple reports of crashes and spinouts on I-70 eastbound on the east side of Floyd Hill.

All the reports were last updated between 5 and 6:45 p.m., according to CDOT.

A jack-knifed semi-truck has all lanes of westbound I-70 blocked at the Chief Hosa interchange in Jefferson County, CDOT said. The westbound exit from I-70 to Morrison Road was closed by an accident.

Snowfall along the corridor has prompted the use of chains or alternative traction devices for passenger cars for I-70 in both directions between Idaho Springs and C-470. All-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive vehicles are permissible. The chain and traction law was also in effect for commercial vehicles.

The National Weather Service on Wednesday expected up to 5 inches of new snow in the mountains, with 1 to 3 inches of snow in the foothills and between 1 and 2 inches of snow west of Interstate 25.

An eastbound lane closure on I-70 at Dotsero, exit 133, was lifted at about 6:45 p.m., according to CDOT.

 

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