Central City expects parkway to open by Friday after rock slide

CENTRAL CITY, Colo. - City leaders said Wednesday they expect the Central City Parkway to open by Friday after a large rockslide closed the road Tuesday afternoon north of Interstate-70.

"This is the first time anything like this has happened on the parkway in its 10 years," said city manager Daniel Miera.

Crews worked Wednesday to clear debris, moving it to a small ditch off the parkway, not far from the slide area.

Miera said the city is working with engineers to assess the hillside and make sure it's safe. Engineers will install monitors to make sure cracks in the slope aren't expanding, potentially triggering another slide. 

"Rain is a concern, and that’s one of the reason the crack monitors are being put up," said Utilities Superintendent Shawn Griffith. "We don’t know if it's going to move anymore or not. But moisture is always a concern on loose rock."

The city said that the cost of clean up and mitigation is still unknown. Central City, which relies on gambling, has long struggled financially, overshadowed by  neighboring casino-city Black Hawk. 

"This will have a sizeable impact on our operations," Miera said.

He added that the city would make necessary adjustments to make sure the work is taken care of properly and would spare no expense. 

The 8.4 mile highway connecting Central City to Interstate 70 opened in 2004.
 
Central City and Black Hawk are still accessible via I-70  to Highway 6 and then to Highway 119.  U.S. Highway 6 is closed between Highway 119 in Clear Creek Canyon to the canyon entrance in Golden.
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