UPDATE: Colorado State Patrol reported at 9:50 p.m. that I-70 has reopened, but there's still heavy snow and slick roads at the top between Silverthorne and Bakerville. Traction and chain laws remain in place.
DENVER – Several crashes shut down both directions of I-70 near the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel Thursday afternoon, and Colorado State Patrol is asking people to avoid travel on I-70 into the evening.
Eastbound I-70 was shut down at Silverthorne, west of the tunnel, around 5 p.m. because of a multi-vehicle crash just east of the tunnel, CSP said.
“No idea how long the cleanup will take,” a trooper tweeted at the time.
Around 5:30 p.m. the westbound lanes of I-70 were closed at Georgetown. CSP said that U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass was also closed. "Avoid the area for the next few hours please!" the agency tweeted.
WESTBOUND I-70 at Georgetown (mp 228)— CSP Golden (@csp_golden) April 22, 2021
US 6 Loveland Pass (closed by crashed vehs)
Avoid the I-70 Corridor for the next few hours please!
Heavy snow was falling along I-70 and U.S. 6 through the afternoon and is expected to continue for a few more hours into the evening. CDOT cameras showed snowpacked roads throughout the area.