CDOT crews work through the night to get US 285/Poncha Pass reopened after mudslides

July 16, 2014 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - CHAFFEE/SAGUACHE COUNTIES—Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews worked through the night, last night, in an effort to reopen US 285 after several mudslides crossed the highway from mile marker 120-126.

Crews were able to remove sections of the debris to clear the way for stuck cars.  Twenty vehicles in all were impacted.  Two vehicles were caught in the debris and sustained some damage, but all were able to drive out to a safe location.

The smallest slide area was about 100' long, and the largest was 800' long.  The depth of the debris, in the five different slide paths, measured between three to six feet deep in each location.  The smaller slides covered one lane, while the larger ones covered all three lanes, completely blocking traffic.  Crews had the highway reopened by 3:30 a.m. this morning.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: All lanes of travel are open.  The debris has been pushed off the highway and is delineated by cones as a safety measure.  Crews will continue to monitor the area as weather forecasters are calling for continued rain showers today.  Photos are posted on CDOT’s Media Room page at

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