- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The Latest on the aftermath of a rock slide that damaged part of a highway in western Colorado (all times local):

2 p.m.

High winds are slowing repair work on a stretch of a busy western Colorado highway that was heavily damaged by a rock slide earlier this week.

The Department of Transportation says very limited traffic could resume along Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon this weekend. Earlier, department officials had said the re-opening could be Thursday, but had to push that back because the weather has not been cooperating.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Amy Ford also told reporters Thursday that the cost of repairs is estimated at up to $5 million. She says the state may declare an emergency so federal funding help can be sought.

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8 a.m.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Crews are still repairing a busy western Colorado highway and checking canyon walls for loose rocks three days after huge boulders tumbled onto the roadway, blocking traffic in both directions.

The state Department of Transportation says traffic could resume along Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon on Thursday, but only in one lane and in alternating directions, led by a pilot vehicle.

Officials say it could be weeks before all the damage is repaired and all four lanes reopen.

Monday’s slide occurred about 125 miles east of the Utah border. A tractor-trailer was damaged but no one was hurt.

The highway is closed from Glenwood Springs in the west to Gypsum in the east, forcing travelers to take detours of up to four hours.

The canyon averages 300 vehicles per hour.

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