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I-70 reopens after tunnels lose power

Posted at 1:31 PM, Dec 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-12 17:13:07-05

FRISCO, Colo. — Interstate 70 reopened after a possible wind gust knocked out power to the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnels Sunday afternoon.

Eastbound lanes were closed from the Frisco exit to Loveland Pass. The westbound lanes were closed from Loveland Pass to Frisco. Both directions reopened around 3 p.m.

A CDOT spokesperson said the power inside the tunnels went out just before 1 p.m. The cause of the failure is not known, but it could be wind-related, the spokesperson said.

Before the safety closure, CDOT reported heavy eastbound traffic.

Cameras in the area show traffic was at a standstill. Motorists on Twitter were reporting long delays.

CDOT reported that power was restored around 2 p.m. However, traffic was not allowed through until safety systems were reset.