Rockfall Update - US 550 Red Mountain Pass

January 27, 2014 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Crews installed nine rockfall netting panels today, work continues into the week.

OURAY COUNTY – Today crews installed nine rockfall netting panels on the debris field—yesterday they installed eight (not nine). They expect to install seven tomorrow for a total 24, which is now the estimated amount needed. A good deal of the rock debris below the netting has been brought down each day, creating a more stable slope.

“It’s amazing the transformation of that slope,” said CDOT Maintenance Area Supervisor Vance Kelso. “It’s completely different than the first days of this slide.”

With inclement weather expected to move in on Wednesday (up to 16.5 inches is forecasted for Red Mountain Pass), crews will work to complete the slope-side netting tomorrow and determine what work, if any, can be accomplished the following day. Once all netting is placed, rockfall crews can better determine any necessary follow-up mitigation on the slope and adjacent to the roadway. US 550 is likely to remain closed at least through the week; more can be estimated after the netting is complete and the storm moves through.

“I’m very proud of this team—for both their progress and their attention to safety,” said Greg Stacy, incident commander and CDOT deputy maintenance superintendent for the Durango section.

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