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**TRAVEL ALERT** Avalanche Mitigation to take place throughout CDOT Region 5

December 16, 2016 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 – Motorists will experience road closures and delays on several high mountain passes throughout southwest and south-central Colorado due to the winter snowstorm moving through the state.

Region 5 Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews have been triggering potential snow slides and will continue operations through the weekend.

Highways and mountain passes which will experience intermittent closures include:

  • US Highway 550, Red Mt. Pass, Molas Pass and Coal Bank Pass

    • Crews have already been conducting mitigation on this corridor and will continue to locate areas in need of mitigation throughout the weekend. Expect intermittent closures and delays of up to 1 hour where and while operations are taking place.

  • US Highway 160, Wolf Creek Pass

    • Saturday morning, Dec. 17, estimated two hour operation 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.  Mile post 157 to 167 (west side of the pass, west of the ski resort). Expect intermittent closures and delays of up to 1 hour while operations are taking place.

  • US Highway 50, Monarch Pass

    • Friday evening (today), Dec. 16, estimated two hour operation 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mile post 190 to 210 (both sides of the pass). Expect intermittent closures and delays of up to 1 hour while operations are taking place.

Please note these are estimated times for planned mitigation. Crews continually examine conditions which make for optimum and ideal operations.  

STAY INFORMED: Road and weather conditions are available by dialing 511, 303-639-1111, or visiting www.cotrip.org. Also available on the COtrip site are:

To sign up to receive project information and/or lane closure updates on state highways in the area of your choice, visit CDOT’s website at www.codot.gov and choose the envelope icon at the bottom of the page. Or, to see CDOT’s lane closure reports for projects statewide, visit www.codot.gov/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html

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