Interstate 70 will be closed in both directions for the next 3-4 hours today between the Palisade and Clifton exits (mile markers 42 and 44). The Grand Junction Bomb Squad was called out to remove several pounds of old dynamite that had been stored on a property in the 3800 block of G 7/10 Rd. The property is near the interstate. Bomb Squad technicians are utilizing methods that will hopefully minimize the chance of an explosion, however the possibility still exits that the dynamite could detonate. Should that happen, there is concern that rocks from the Bookcliffs could dislodge and tumble onto the interstate. Because of that, the Bomb Squad consulted with C-DOT, and it was decided that closing the interstate during this process was necessary to ensure the safety of drivers.
The detour route for I-70 drivers will utilize Hwy 6 between the Palisade and Clifton exits.
Community notifications have been sent to nearby addresses as well as to those who have signed up to receive road closure information through the Community Notification System. There is no need to evacuate any addresses at this time.
We will continue to update this blog with information throughout the day.