US 550 Mountain Corridor Alert ― Avalanche Control Work on US 550 Red Mountain Pass December 6th

December 5, 2019 - Southeastern Colorado

CDOT will be performing avalanche control work on US 550 Red Mountain Pass tomorrow, Fri., Dec. 6. Starting at 10 a.m., motorists will experience several periodic long closures of up to one hour for much of the day. 

Operations will take place on the north side of Red Mountain Pass, between Silverton and Ouray. Northbound traffic will be stopped at the summit of the pass (MP 80), while southbound traffic will be held near Ironton (MP 84). 



Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:



Earlier this year, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness. This initiative takes a systematic, statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.



CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated inter-regional express service. Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s inter-modal mobility options.