TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Independence Pass to close on Thursday

November 15, 2016 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Storm moving in this week prompts closure

LAKE/PITKIN COUNTIES –Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews will close both the Aspen and Twin Lakes winter gates to Independence Pass at noon on Thursday, Nov. 17.  Unseasonably warm temperatures allowed CDOT to keep the pass open more than a week and a half longer than originally planned.  Typically, Independence Pass is closed by Nov. 7.

Maintenance Supervisors will run a sweep of the highway looking for any cars that may be parked at the Summit or in campgrounds and on auxiliary roads.

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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