Red Mountain Pass daily work to start earlier

A helicopter delivers supplies, such as netting, fencing, power equipment and fuel, to crews stationed on the US 550 Ruby Walls cliff face earlier this month. The supplies have been used in an ongoing repair job to the cliff face by CDOT.

Photo courtesy of CDOT

Plaindealer Staff Report 


With the seasonal end of daylight saving time, crews working on US 550 Red Mountain Pass will take advantage of the brighter mornings and begin work earlier in the day. Rock mitigation work is taking place on the Ruby Walls cliff face just south of Ouray. 

New work hours are Monday through Friday, 6:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Travelers can expect delays of up to 20 minutes. The road will return to regular two-way traffic every evening, until construction resumes the following morning.

The targeted completion date is mid-November, but work is greatly dependent upon the weather.