Independence Pass Gets 8 Inches

October 18, 2013 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - CDOT crews maintaining pass, surrounding snow-packed areas; conditions expected to clear this afternoon.

LAKE/PITKIN COUNTIES – Each year the Colorado Department of Transportation has a target closure date of November 7 for Independence Pass (SH 82 between Leadville and Aspen). Last year, that was the actual closure date—this year could be right on target as well. But motorists are urged to check conditions carefully until that time, as the pass could close before then, even temporarily, should another storm hit.

The pass received about eight inches of snow overnight, with blowing snow continuing this morning. Four plows are maintaining the pass (two from east-side crews, two from the west), but also have other highways—like US 24—to attend to. Until the conditions clear—expected around 1 p.m. today—motorists are strongly urged to ensure their vehicles are well prepared for winter travel.

TRAVELER SAFETY MESSAGE: Travelers are reminded to always check conditions prior to traveling mountain passes, as spring snowstorms could close them temporarily or slow traffic at times. For roadway conditions, or information the public can log on to or call 511. Or, sign up to receive FREE road condition messages to e-mail or wireless devices by going to and choosing the green phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.