TRAVEL ADVISORY: US Forest Service Working on Kebler Pass

September 14, 2016 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - Travelers advised to take alternate routes

DELTA/GUNNISON COUNTIES — Gunnison County Road 12 at Kebler Pass, located approximately four miles west of Crested Butte, will be closed for two hour periods between 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday from now through mid-October (approximately October 15, 2016).  

ALTERNATE ROUTES: Motorists who may be starting their travel from Delta, may consider the more southern route of US Highway 50 to reach Crested Butte, instead of trying to cut across Kebler Pass Road during these delays.

An additional alternative bypass route can be taken over Ohio Pass (CR 730) but will add approximately one hour or more to the driving time between Paonia and Crested Butte. This route will not accommodate trailers or large trucks.

IMPACTS: Travelers should expect up to two hour delays. Waiting traffic (one direction at a time) will be allowed to pass through the construction area every two hours, in order to accomplish increments of work. The passage times will occur at approximately 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and at 3:00 p.m. Once waiting traffic in both directions has passed through the construction site, the road will be closed for continued work. After approximately 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. the road will be open for through traffic.  

The road closures will occur at the winter trailhead outside of Crested Butte on the east end of the project and at Splains Gulch on the west side of the project.

Travelers are advised that trucks hauling rock associated with the project will be coming from both Taylor Canyon (NFSR 742) and Ohio Pass.

In the spring of 2015, heavy rains and the instability of the upper slope required emergency repairs to prevent the road from washing out. This project involves stabilizing and re-enforcing a cut bank and includes constructing a rock wall, installing buttressing and adding additional culverts to help prevent future damage to the road.

STATEWIDE ROAD & PROJECT INFORMATION: To sign up for CDOT updates on projects in your chosen area, visit CDOT’s website at and choose the envelope icon at the bottom of the webpage. Or, to see CDOT’s lane closure reports for projects statewide, visit