Water damage shuts down lane in Eisenhower Tunnel for extended period

Travelers should plan for a lane closure on eastbound I-70 in the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnels due to emergency roadwork Photo Credit: CDOT

Essential travelers on Interstate 70 should expect potential delays this week as they pass through the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

According to a press release from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), one lane of eastbound Interstate 70 at the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels will remain closed Monday as crews continue to perform emergency repairs due to water damage. The lane is expected to remain closed until all repairs are completed at mile marker 213.5. Light traffic volume will likely result in minimal delays.

Heavy seasonal snow made travel difficult across the state this year, but it doesn’t stop there. CDOT explains in the release that, “the heavier snow this winter season led to more runoff than usual, resulting in groundwater drainage problems in the south tunnel which was constructed in 1979.”

It’s also important to mention that the other lane through the eastbound tunnel (technically called the Edwin C. Johnson memorial bore) and westbound tunnel will remain open.

Motorists are being encouraged to limit travel in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Drivers should also use caution and watch for road crews. Check CDOT’s Facebook, Twitter (@coloradodot) or cotrip.org for closures and delays on highways and roads across the state.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many thanks and appreciation to all the essential workers out there. Please continue to stay safe and follow local orders as parts of the state shift into the “ safer-at-home” phase.  


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