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Rep. Lauren Boebert Takes Action to Reopen I-70 Corridor

August 6, 2021

Rep. Lauren Boebert is actively working to reopen the Interstate-70 (I-70) corridor through Glenwood Canyon after severe mudslides and flash flooding blocked several portions of I-70, burying the road in as much as 10 feet of mud, tearing down retaining walls, and damaging the roadway. 

Rep. Lauren Boebert stated: “I-70 is a crucial economic artery for Colorado and the West, and on an average day, almost 5,000 semi-trucks carrying medicine, food, livestock, fuel, and other critical supplies travel on this federal highway. As one of only five key East-West Interstates in the Rocky Mountain region, it is of utmost importance to get I-70 back online as quickly as possible and end the supply chain problems and travel delays resulting from its closure. Tourism and businesses in the Third Congressional District are already starting to suffer from this disaster. It is critical to clear the catastrophic mudslides and make other necessary repairs as quickly as possible in order to get our state moving again. I will continue to work closely with CDOT, Governor Polis, and the entire bipartisan Colorado delegation to quickly repair and reopen I-70.”

Background: 

Today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued a state disaster declaration in response to the damage from mudslides that have forced the I-70 corridor through Glenwood Canyon to close. The Governor is also preparing to request a federal disaster declaration under the Stafford Act and through the Federal Highway Administration which would provide Colorado with federal resources to respond to this natural disaster.

Today, Rep. Boebert released a draft bipartisan letter she authored that is supported by Governor Polis and Colorado Representatives Ed Perlmutter, Jason Crow, Joe Neguse, Diana DeGette, Ken Buck, and Doug Lamborn. Rep. Boebert plans to send the bipartisan letter to President Biden supporting Governor Polis’ request for a Stafford Act emergency declaration after the Governor makes his official request.

Additionally, Rep. Boebert and Colorado’s entire bipartisan and bicameral congressional delegation plan to send a letter in the near future to the Department of Transportation requesting assistance from the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program to respond to the Glenwood Canyon mudslides after the Governor makes this official request. 

Rep. Boebert has been actively monitoring the I-70 mudslides, and she received a briefing from Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Transportation on Monday. She pledged to offer her full support and to work to secure federal disaster assistance.   

Last week, mudslides caused severe damage to I-70, the main corridor connecting Colorado’s Front Range with the Western Slope. Colorado Department of Transportation officials estimate that it could take a few days or even a few weeks to clear just one lane of traffic going each direction on the highway. The full support of the federal government is necessary to assist efforts to get I-70 reopened.