POSTPONED: Friday's highway closures on US 50 Monarch Pass held off to next week

August 28, 2019 - Periodic traffic stops will facilitate helicopter operations on Wednesday, September 4 

CHAFFEE COUNTY — On Wednesday, September 4, the Colorado Department of Transportation will facilitate helicopter operations for the installation of new avalanche remote control equipment above U.S. Highway 50 Monarch Pass, about 15 miles east of Poncha Springs. The operations, initially scheduled for this Friday, August 30, have been postponed. Next week’s one-day operation will require periodic full eastbound and westbound lane closures on U.S. 50 just north of the Monarch Ski Area, between mile points 201 and 202. Delays may last as long as a half hour to an hour. Motorists are urged to allow themselves extra travel time if driving the U.S. 50 route.


After Wednesday’s helicopter operations are completed, the project will resume its regular work schedule, with minimal impacts to traffic. 

  • Regular work hours are Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. No weekend work is anticipated.

  • Intermittent closures can be expected throughout the project when crews are moving equipment or working slope-side near the highway. Any delays should be for no more than 20 minutes. Otherwise traffic will be let through as normal.

  • Work is expected to end in October 2019, weather dependent.

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