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I-70 near Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel reopens in both directions after crashes, snow

Posted at 6:35 PM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 00:19:20-04

UPDATE: Colorado State Patrol reported at 9:50 p.m. that I-70 has reopened, but there's still heavy snow and slick roads at the top between Silverthorne and Bakerville. Traction and chain laws remain in place.

DENVER – Several crashes shut down both directions of I-70 near the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel Thursday afternoon, and Colorado State Patrol is asking people to avoid travel on I-70 into the evening.

Eastbound I-70 was shut down at Silverthorne, west of the tunnel, around 5 p.m. because of a multi-vehicle crash just east of the tunnel, CSP said.

“No idea how long the cleanup will take,” a trooper tweeted at the time.

Around 5:30 p.m. the westbound lanes of I-70 were closed at Georgetown. CSP said that U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass was also closed. "Avoid the area for the next few hours please!" the agency tweeted.

Heavy snow was falling along I-70 and U.S. 6 through the afternoon and is expected to continue for a few more hours into the evening. CDOT cameras showed snowpacked roads throughout the area.

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