TRAVEL ALERT: CO 82/Independence Pass open for the season

May 25, 2017 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - PITKIN/LAKE COUNTIES —Colorado Department of Transportation crews opened the gates to Independence Pass today at noon.

Approximately 50 cars were lined up at the gate with travelers eagerly anticipating the opening of one of Colorado’s most scenic seasonal mountain passes.

Due to tight curves, steep inclines and narrow lanes on some sections of the pass, commercial and recreational vehicles 35 feet or longer are prohibited.

Motorists are also reminded that inclement weather can still be a possibility on mountain passes so please visit any of our sources listed below to view updates before you go.  Should a late storm hit the area, snowplows operate on the highway from 5:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

TRAVELER SAFETY MESSAGE:  Motorists and cyclists are reminded to always check conditions prior to traveling mountain passes, as spring snowstorms could close them temporarily or slow traffic at times.  Updated road conditions are available at or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state or by visiting  Up to date information is also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” our Facebook page

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