I-70 Vail Pass reopened Wednesday afternoon after being closed in both directions from Vail to Copper Mountain for winter maintenance work and then promptly closed eastbound lanes again due to “safety concerns.” Minutes after reopening after an hours-long closure in both directions from Vail to Copper Mountain, eastbound lanes were closed between Exit 173 West Vail and Exit 190 Vail Pass Summit.
During the closure for both directions on Wednesday morning, drivers were encouraged to take the southern alternate route via US 24 & CO 9 but warned that it was icy and snowpacked.
CDOT posted on X, previously known as Twitter, that “we can not place an exact time on the re-opening I-70” for the initial closure on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile,on Wednesday morning due to safety concerns following an over the weekend. Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation said the heavy snow that’s been falling this week led to two more snow slides on Tuesday and that the closure of the highway — which started on Sunday — would remain in place for a while longer as the substantial snow-clearing effort continues.