Courtesy CDOT

US 550 opens to alternating traffic south of Ouray

UPDATE: (5:30 PM, July 9)


The Colorado Department of Transportation opened US 550 south of Ouray Monday evening after mud and rock slides blocked the highway in several spots Sunday. Motorists can expect delays as one-lane, alternating traffic is allowed, controlled by portable traffic signals.

Red Mountain Pass to close Thursday morning

Plaindealer Staff Report

US 550, Red Mountain Pass will be closed Thursday, April 13 for much of the morning. The full road closure will be enforced at 7:30 am until approximately noon, from mile point (MP) 92, two miles south of Ouray, to MP 87, Ironton. Mountain maintenance personnel with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be conducting testing of avalanche control equipment with crews on the ground and by helicopter. This is a follow up operation from one week ago, April 5.

US 550 Red Mt.-Molas-Coal Bank Passes: CLOSED Overnight

Jan. 14, 2017

CO 145 Lizard Head Pass: OPEN
US 550 Red Mt.-Molas-Coal Bank Passes: CLOSED Overnight
SW COLORADO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has opened CO 145 Lizard Head Pass between Telluride and Rico. Crews were able to successfully conduct avalanche control operations this afternoon. The pass was closed since 7:00 a.m. and opened at approximately 4:15 p.m.

Red Mountain Pass closed overnight

Red Mountain Pass US 550 will be closed overnight, Thursday, Jan. 5 through Friday, Jan. 6 due to avalanche concerns. Earlier in the day, Coal Bank Pass, Molas Pass, Lizard Head Pass, Monarch Pass and Wolf Creek Pass were closed at varying times as state crews worked on avalanche mitigation. Check for updates on road conditions.

High avalanche danger


Dec. 16 and Dec. 17

Grand Mesa
Northern San Juan
Southern San Juan

A strong winter storm will push through Colorado today and tonight. The avalanche danger will quickly increase as a rapid load is added to the snowpack. Human triggered avalanches are very likely. If triggered, these avalanches will be large enough to kill you. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.

US 550 Travel Alert

Travelers to Encounter Brief Delays
on US 550 Red Mt. Pass Today

SOUTHWEST CO – Motorists traveling on US Highway 550, Red Mt. Pass will encounter single-lane alternating traffic today, Thurs. Sept. 22. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be repairing a portion of the road just south of Ouray near Bear Creek (mile post 91). Brief delays can be expected.

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Charges filed against Scranton

Plaindealer Staff Report

Charges have been filed against Brian Scranton, Ridgway resident and town planning commission chair.

As of of Wednesday, the charges were released by the district attorney's office as one count of sexual assault as a Class 3 felony and one count of sexual assault as a Class 4 felony.

Ouray police officer dies in motorcycle accident

The City of Ouray Police Department confirmed this afternoon that one of its officers was killed today in an accident on U.S. Highway 550 between the Town of Ridgway and the City of Ouray, according to Marti Whitmore, acting public information officer, City of Ouray.  The officer has been identified as Scott Mills, age 51.  He was off-duty at the time of the accident and was driving his motorcycle when a truck collided with him.  The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause and details of the accident.  
Mills joined the force on Jan. 24, 2014.