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Avalanche danger has been high in Colorado in recent weeks, and numerous other slides covered major roadways forcing them to closes for hours. The pass will stay closed overnight and it is not known yet when the pass will open. Over 200 people took part in the Women's March on Saturdaythat started at the train station and ending at Buckley Park. PO Box 529 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. Photos from aftermath shows snow piled up to one vehicle's doors. Once the snow was brought down onto the closed highway, equipment operators used heavy machines to start pushing it out of the way. Driving along Highway 550 between Durango & Ouray we came across Red Mountain Pass and it really stands out because it's so unique to see a mountain that looks like this in Colorado. Ridgway CO 81432, New "probable" case of COVID-19 counted in Ouray County, COVID-19 outbreak identified in Ouray County, First Ouray County COVID-19 positive patient shares story, New death related to COVID-19 reported in Ouray County, What’s at stake with the effort to reintroduce gray wolves in Colorado. The pass was closed for more than two weeks, beginning March 3. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy. Avalanche mitigation teams and maintenance crews have triggered and continue to trigger an unprecedented amount of snow from several avalanche paths that are now covering the roadway. “This closure is for the safety of all,” CDOT Maintenance Foreman Paul Wilson said in a prepared statement. Red Mountain Pass on U.S. Highway 550 could be closed for two more weeks as crews work around the clock to dig out the road from heavy snowfall and avalanches. The Colorado Deparment of Transportation announced Friday morning that US 550 Red Mountain Pass is officially open to the public. Crews started on the south side of the pass, just north of Silverton and by the afternoon operations on the north side were complete. Heavy spring snow storms could mean adverse driving conditions and continued potential avalanche danger,” said CDOT Maintenance Superintendent, Greg Stacy. It was frustrating because the conditions forced us off the mountain for days because of the threat of avalanches hitting the highway. On Saturday, however, CDOT was able to do some avalanche mitigation. The official opening and closing dates for RED Mountain Resort, British Columbia for current and past seasons. 1075 Sherman St., #210 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. “This was a difficult and challenging operation,”  CDOT Maintenance Superintendent, Greg Stacy said. Ridgway, Colorado 81432 Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. Last week's weather and high avalanche danger prevented crews from performing snow removal operations on Red Mountain Pass. A massive amount of snow awaits the team on the other side of the tunnel on North Red Mountain Pass. Click here. Last weekend, a helicopter crew set out to “knock-down” more than 25 slide paths that were primed for collapsing onto highways, CDOT said in a release. CDOT also warns the public that conditions could change and that dangers on the road could continue. It was the right thing to do for the safety of our operators.”. “Mother nature kept hitting us with multiple storms in a row. "Crews can now work without risk of potential slides. 970-325-4412, Mailing address: SUGGESTED VIDEOS | Local stories from 9NEWS. Red Mountain Pass is closed indefinitely as a result of significant snowslides on both sides of the pass on U.S. Highway 550, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. CDOT is also reminding the public that the Red Mountain Pass closure applies to vehicle and foot traffic, such as skiers and snowshoers. The pass was closed for more than two weeks, beginning March 3. “We advise drivers to not stop in avalanche prone areas.”. “We have never encountered avalanche slides to this magnitude. plaindealer@ouraynews.com. The Colorado Deparment of Transportation announced Friday morning that US 550 Red Mountain Pass is officially open to the public. It had been closed since March 3. “By mid-morning on Saturday, after the first of several slides had been triggered and fallen onto the closed highway, equipment operators with their arsenal of heavy machines headed down the closed road to start pushing snow out of the way,” CDOT said in a news release. A helicopter triggered more than 25 slide paths that had the potential of collapsing on the road. It could take another two weeks to get Red Mountain Pass open after avalanches buried the road between Silverton and Ouray. Anyone caught in the closure area will be reported to the San Juan County or Ouray County sheriff’s offices. Mitigation operations were also performed Saturday morning on two other southwest Colorado passes, US 550 Molas Pass and CO 145 Lizard Head Pass. Choose from several print and digital subscription packages, © 1996–2020 Durango Herald | Ballantine Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. CDOT said crews have been assigned to 12-hour shifts working around the clock to get the pass open. Snow removal operations will continue to widen and clear the shoulders of the roadway. The cost of the mitigation and removal operations has yet to be deteremined. Estimated dates are based on historical averages or advice from the resort. However, we knew the risk was too high and it was not safe to work. CDOT PHOTO: The first vehicle drives through the gate on US 550 North Red Mountain Pass which is now open to the traveling public. SOUTHWEST COLORADO ― US Highway 550 Red Mountain Pass will remain closed until further notice. Animas Valley Balloon Rally lifts off Friday morning north of Durango. What happens if RED doesn’t open next season or is closed part way through the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

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