Senator Michael Bennet visits I-70 Glenwood Canyon

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo – Traffic is flowing again eastbound and westbound through Glenwood Canyon at a reduced speed.

CDOT opened the interstate on Wednesday, following a two-week closure, which delayed freight and commutes for millions.

Senator Michael Bennet, Democrat from Colorado, toured the hardest-hit areas on Sunday and is working with Governor Jared Polis to ensure progress continues.

Bennet says, “what we’ve got to make sure that we do is get the resources here as quickly as we can. The Governors put in an emergency request for 116 million dollars. He put that in last Monday, by Tuesday 10 million was already coming incredibly important canyon and we just got to keep it coming.”

Along with 116 million dollars, the Federal Highway Administration has also contributed 11.6 million dollars, just to open the interstate partially.

Bennet says I-70 doesn’t just affect Coloradans, it’s a roadway millions of Americans rely on every day, “I-70 is such a critical artery for this nation and that’s why I think the Biden Administration is going to, I think focused helping us at the local level.”

The help isn’t just coming from the checkbooks in Washington, Bennet also praises the work CDOT officials have done, “CDOT has done an amazing job getting the road open. Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep it open.”

Ongoing safety closures because of precipitation over the Grizzly Creek burn scar continues to pose a threat to cleanup efforts.

If you will be traveling through Glenwood Canyon, remember to drive safe.

Bennet added, “I hope that people on the road give everybody a wave when you go by because they’re working really hard.”

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