I-70 Traffic is a mess, avalanche dangers persist

By: AP
By: AP

Skiers heading into the mountains from the Front Range Saturday morning are finding themselves trapped in a real mess.

Interstate 70 has been closed much of the morning at the Eisenhower Tunnel.

State crews firing explosives into huge snowpacks dislodged an avalanche that buried the highway in up to ten feet of snow.

Motorists already trapped in the traffic jams are being allowed to move on at this hour, but westbound travelers will be turned back at Georgetown -- 45 miles west of Denver -- so crews can continue work on avalanche zones.

And traffic at Highway 40 at Berthoud Pass is at a standstill.

An avalanche overnight buried the road, and officials have no idea when they will start clearing that mess.


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