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I-70 reopens after closures at Vail, Silverthorne

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Posted at 6:07 AM, Jan 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-05 12:19:25-05

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. -- Interstate 70 has reopened after closures near Vail and at Silverthorne.

The interstate was closed at Vail, mile marker 178, as a safety precaution, at 5:31 a.m. That closure was lifted at 10:10 a.m.

Westbound I-70 was closed at the summit of Vail Pass, mile marker 190, for avalanche reduction work at 9:16 a.m. It reopened at 10 a.m.

The interstate was closed at Silverthorne, mile marker 205 to 213, because of multiple crashes at 5:22 a.m. That area reopened at 8:15 a.m.

While the interstate is open, traction and chain laws remain in effect for eastbound and westbound I-70 between Morrison and Vail. That's mile markers 259 to 178.

The traction law means all passenger vehicles must have snow or mud/snow tires, or have chains/traction devices, or be 4WD/AWD, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The chain law means all commercial motor vehicles, includes buses and vans with 16+ capacity, are required to have chains or alternative traction devices.

Get the latest closures from the Colorado Department of Transportation here.

Get updates on road conditions from Denver7 traffic reporter Jayson Luber.

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