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TRAVEL ALERT:  Independence Pass open for the season

May 24, 2018 - 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 Pitkin County 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.

New this year to the Pitkin County/Aspen side of Independence Pass is the Over Length Vehicle Detection System (OLVDS). CDOT and contracted partner Interface Communications Company installed the system which will notify drivers to turn around if their vehicle exceeds 35 feet in length. The system consists of in-pavement loops, traffic counters, a controller cabinet and a warning sign with flashing beacons. 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 www.COTRIP.org or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state or by visiting www.codot.gov.  Up to date information is also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” our Facebook page www.facebook.com/coloradodot.