The driver of a Jeep that crashed into the median of I-70 near New Castle early Sunday afternooon died of their injuries at Grand River Hospital. Authorities were still looking last night into just how the single-vehicle wreck happened. The interstate was shut down for several hours in the aftermath of the crash.
Work picks up beginning today at the West Glenwood exit from I-70, number 114, and should continue through June. The idea’s going to be to increase traffic capacity on the south roundabout there, by widening it, improving the median, and more. If you commute through that area, especially in the morning hours, you might want to adjust your schedule, to go through West Glenwood either before 7:00 or after 8:30. During that time, priority will go to traffic taking the eastbound I-70 exit ramp, in order to prevent backups on the interstate. And that ramp will be down to one lane. Drivers are urged to use the main Glenwood exit, number 116, during those hours… but also remember the eastbound ON-ramp to the interstate’s going to be closed at 6 til 9 each weekday morning the next several months.
A new ballot issue to keep up or grow RFTA may show up in front of you as soon as next year. The authority says it’s afraid federal funding for mass transit may be cut off during the Trump administration, and consultants are telling local leaders locals are going to end up paying much more for the bus service from Aspen to Rifle. Property tax hikes are the most likely vehicle, each mill of tax increase likely to generate up to 3 million dollars a year. State lawmakers are considering potential slight sales tax hikes too, but that’s not considered a reliable funding method to lean on, by many experts.
Gustavo Olivo-Tellez will go to trial for the first-degree murder of his estranged wife Blanca Salas-Jurado. She was shot to death at an apartment just south of Glenwood Springs last October. Prosecutors presented enough evidence in a Friday hearing to advance the case in district court. Olivo-Tellez’ girlfriend at the time, Michelle Castillo, is also charged in the case, accused of being an accessory to murder. Her first hearing in the case is set for late next month.