Plaindealer Staff Report
The Colorado Deparment of Transportation announced Friday morning that US 550 Red Mountain Pass is officially open to the public. The pass was closed for more than two weeks, beginning March 3.
As the snow continues Friday, motorists should observe safe driving practices and be aware of CDOT equipment continuing to work on the pass to keep it safe and passable. CDOT also warns the public that conditions could change and that dangers on the road could continue.
“Although the first day of spring was just marked on the calendar this week, storms are still very likely to happen in our southwest mountains. Heavy spring snow storms could mean adverse driving conditions and continued potential avalanche danger,” said CDOT Maintenance Superintendent, Greg Stacy. “We advise drivers to not stop in avalanche prone areas.”
The pass was closed to the public for 19 days and the average snow depth on the highway throughout operations was about three feet. Slides that reached the highway ranged between 10 feet and 60 feet deep. The cost of the mitigation and removal operations has yet to be deteremined.
Stayed tuned to the Plaindealer for udpated information on US 550 Red Mountain Pass.