Interstate 70 & U.S. 6 east
Interstate 70 & U.S. 6 enter scenic Glenwood Canyon, home to one of the most expensive highway projects in the country. The adjacent Union Pacific Railroad passes through a tunnel above the south banks of the Colorado River in this scene. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Curving east, the Colorado River comes into view ahead of No Name Tunnel. A distant overpass carries the Glenwood Canyon Hiking and Biking Trail. Photo taken 08/11/16.
No Name Tunnel allows the freeway to bypass the section of old U.S. 6-24 around Horseshoe Bend. The former alignment is now a part of the hiking and biking path. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Interstate 70 & U.S. 6 narrow through No Name Tunnel without shoulders. This is the first of two tunnels eastbound. Westbound traffic uses a third tunnel. Photo taken 08/11/16.
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The initial stretch of I-70 east to No Name was completed in 1966.1 No Name Tunnel was built in 1965.2 Photos taken 08/11/16.
Emerging from No Name Tunnel, drivers quickly approach the diamond interchange (Exit 119) with No Name. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Camping, a popular activity in the White River National Forest, is readily available at Exit 119 and No Name. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Exit 119 departs from I-70 east for No Name Lane and a CDOT maintained rest area. No Name Lane parallels No Name Creek north into White River National Forest. The road west follows a portion of old U.S. 6-24. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A truck restriction for the left lane of Interstate 70 applies to the 13-mile stretch beyond No Name. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The remainder of Interstate 70 east through Glenwood Canyon was under construction from 1980 to October 14, 1992 at a cost of $490 million.1,2 Photo taken 08/11/16.
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Originally, U.S. 6 followed a narrow path alongside the Colorado River, but today the former two-lane road generally carries the eastbound lanes, or was repurposed as the adjacent multiuse path. The westbound lanes for I-70 were constructed mostly on viaduct. Photos taken 08/11/16.
Upcoming Exit 119 includes an off freeway rest area at Grizzly Creek. Photo taken 08/11/16.
It is common to see rafters and canoeists along the Colorado River, especially in summer. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Travelers on Interstate 70 & U.S. 6 east formally enter the southeastern corner of White River National Forest ahead of Exit 119. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A Union Pacific train heads west in this scene looking south at the north slopes of Lookout Mountain. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The westbound lanes travel at a higher grade than the eastbound lanes, which is a prevailing theme in Glenwood Canyon. An engineering marvel, the use of a bridge span for the westbound lanes in environmentally sensitive terrain made this freeway very difficult to construct. Photo taken 08/11/16.
One half mile ahead of the split diamond interchange (Exit 121) for Grizzly Creek on I-70 east. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Exit 121 lowers to the Grizzly Creek Rest Area and trail head. Grizzly Creek flows south from Quartzite Ridge into the Colorado River nearby. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A U-turn ramp provides access to I-70 west back to Glenwood Springs while the CDOT maintained rest area lines a frontage road (old U.S. 6) ahead. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Continuing east from Grizzly Creek, I-70 & U.S. 6 are located just below 6,000 feet above sea level. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The next exit along eastbound Interstate 70 & U.S. 6 is Shoshone in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Interstate 70 passes north of Deadmans Gulch at the forthcoming off-ramp to Shoshone. Photo taken 08/11/16.
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Exit 123 serves the Shoshone Powerplant and otherwise consists of a U-turn ramp back to I-70 west. Photos taken 08/11/16.
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Passing by the UP Railroad siding of Higby, I-70 make an S-curve north to milepost 123 and Blue Gulch. Photos taken 08/11/16.
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The Colorado River comes into view again in this scene ahead of Devils Hole Canyon. I-70 parallels the river to Exit 133 at Dotsero. The Colorado drains most of the Southwestern States. The river originates in Rocky Mountain National Park, and it flows southwest through the Centennial State through Granby, Hot Sulfur Springs, Kremmling, McCoy and Burns before reaching Glenwood Canyon. Photos taken 08/11/16.
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A wye interchange (Exit 125) lies one half mile north of Devils Hole Canyon for Hanging Lake. Photos taken 08/11/16.
Variable speed limits are implemented along Interstate 70 east for the upcoming Hanging Lake Tunnel. Several dynamic message boards also advise motorists of travel conditions or restrictions. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Exit 125 drops from the I-70 & U.S. 6 viaduct to the frontage road leading to the Hanging Lake trail head and parking area. A beautiful hike follows Dead Horse Creek north to Hanging Lake and Bridal Veil Falls. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Shoshone Dam appears beyond the Colorado River bridges taking Interstate 70 east into Hanging Lake Tunnel. Photo taken 08/11/16.
The second tunnel along eastbound Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon is located immediately after the Hanging Lake interchange. Photo taken 08/11/16.
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The Hanging Lake Tunnels are 3,900 feet long.2 Photos taken 08/11/16.
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A control center located midway between the two portals allows CDOT to monitor travel conditions and implement speed limit reductions or close lanes as needed. Lane control signs and dynamic signs appear at regular intervals through the tunnel.2 Photos taken 08/11/16.
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Exiting the Hanging Lake Tunnel, I-70 & U.S. 6 again span the Colorado River and return over the north banks. Photos taken 08/11/16.
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The eastbound lanes run on the Glenwood Canyon floor, closer to the Colorado River while the westbound lanes stay elevated on viaduct. Photos taken 08/11/16.
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Motorists catch a glimpse of the Reverse Curve Tunnel portal. The westbound bore is located near milepost 127.2 Photo taken 08/11/16. Second photo taken 08/28/04.
Interstate 70 east circumvents the rock outcrop on a viaduct hugging the Colorado River. The Reverse Curve Tunnel is named for the double curve made by the Colorado River at this location.2 Photo taken 08/11/16.
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The freeway winds northeast from the Reverse Curve Tunnel to cross French Creek. Photos taken 08/11/16.
A diamond interchange (Exit 129) lies one mile ahead for Bair Ranch. Photo taken 08/11/16.
A CDOT maintained rest area is located on the north banks of the Colorado River at Exit 119. Photo taken 08/11/16.
Interstate 70 leaves White River National Forest as Exit 129 departs for Bair Ranch and a private road across the Colorado River. Photo taken 08/11/16.
This reassurance marker for I-70 was posted after Bair Ranch. It was missing by 2015. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Interstate 70, U.S. 6 and the Union Pacific Railroad squeeze through a narrow portion of Glenwood Canyon east of Tie Gulch at milepost 129. Photo taken 08/11/16.
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A series of S-curves take Interstate 70 to the south of Burnt Tree Ridge to milepost 130. Photos taken 08/11/16.
The trip through Glenwood Canyon along I-70 & U.S. 6 east comes to a conclusion as the freeway enters a broad valley in western Eagle County. The county line sign pictured here was no longer posted as of 2015. Photo taken 08/28/04.


 

Sources:

  1. Glenwood Canyon I-70 Final Link - 50th Anniversary of the Interstate System. Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
  2. Glenwood Canyon: Guide (Matt Salek).


Photo Credits:

08/28/04, 08/11/16 by AARoads

Page Updated 03-28-2017.