CDOT targeting Nov. 6 closure of Independence Pass

November 2, 2015 - TRAVEL ALERT - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - LAKE/PITKIN COUNTIES - Winter storm moving in this week may prompt crews to close early

LAKE/PITKIN COUNTIES –Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews are planning to lock the gates on Independence Pass on Friday, November 6 at noon to prepare for the winter shutdown of Colorado’s highest paved mountain pass. However, Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) forecasters are calling for a winter storm to begin Tuesday with snowfall expected in the afternoon and continuing through Friday morning, which would prompt an earlier closure.

ALTERNATE ROUTE: The alternate route to Aspen during the months the pass is closed is I-70 to Glenwood Springs, and CO 82 into Aspen.

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