Red Mountain Pass travelers can expect delays Thursday morning for avalanche control work

via the Colorado Department of Transportation

The Colorado Department of Transportation is warning motorists in southwest Colorado that they will encounter delays if traveling through the high country tomorrow, Thursday, February 7. Partnering agencies, CDOT and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, have determined avalanche control operations are required to keep mountain passes safe for the traveling public.

US 550 MOUNTAIN CORRIDOR―COAL BANK, MOLAS & RED MOUNTAIN PASSES: Motorists traveling on the US 550 mountain corridor between Durango and Ouray can expect lengthy delays for much of the day tomorrow (Thursday). Avalanche mitigation will take place on all three mountain passes, Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain which will require two lengthy closures.

From 7:00 a.m. to noon, crews will work on Coal Bank and Molas Passes. Northbound traffic will be stopped at Cascade, mile point (MP) 53, while southbound traffic will be stopped at Silverton, MP 70.
Crews will then move north to Red Mountain Pass. This work is anticipated to start at noon and continue for at least two hours. Northbound traffic will be stopped just outside of Silverton, MP 71. Southbound traffic will be stopped south of Ouray, MP 92.

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