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Westbound I-70 reopens at C-470 in Golden after semi crashes into bridge, CSP says

Closure lasted more than five hours
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Posted at 11:16 AM, Dec 08, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-08 19:28:44-05

GOLDEN, Colo. — The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at C-470 in Golden are back open after a semi crashed into a bridge, causing a closure that last more than five hours Friday.

The crash happened shortly before 11 a.m. Friday near mile marker 260 . There were no injuries, according to Colorado State Patrol troopers in Golden.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) sent a bridge inspection team to evaluate if there was any structural damage from the 80K load getting wedged under the bridge.

“Just occurred,” they wrote. “Expect delays and possibly a full closure,” the post read.

All westbound traffic was being re-routed onto eastbound C-470, troopers later wrote. The best alternative route is Highway 58 to US 6 to US 40 through Golden, CSP Golden recommended.

The oversized load was removed from the road shortly before 2:30 p.m. and CDOT has their bridge team evaluating the structure for "traffic worthiness," CSP Golden said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

"CDOT inspectors assessed the structure and found damage to the outside edge of the bridge," a CDOT spokesperson said in a news release late Friday afternoon. "CDOT determined westbound I-70 under the bridge could be safely reopened until permanent repairs are made."

The road reopened at 4:20 p.m. Friday.

State transportation officials said there would be a lane closure on the westbound C-470 bridge over I-70 to keep the weight of vehicles off the damaged area until repairs are made. The ramp from eastbound I-70 onto C-470 will remain closed.

Westbound I-70 reopens at C-470 in Golden after semi crashes into bridge, CSP says

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