TRAVEL ADVISORY ―  Heavy Snow Accumulations Call For  Avalanche Control Operations on US 160 Wolf Creek Pass

January 1, 2019 - Southwestern Colorado - Travelers can expect delays Wednesday morning  

CDOT FILE PHOTO: Avalanches or snow slides are triggered purposely after heavy snowfall in the high country. Highways are closed to public travel while the mitigation work is being performed. Once the snow and debris, which can include small trees and branches, reach the highway CDOT maintenance patrol team members swiftly move in with heavy equipment to clear and re-open the road for safe passage to motorists.

SW COLORADO ― Motorists will experience delays on US Highway 160, Wolf Creek Pass on Wednesday morning, Jan. 2. Avalanche mitigation work will begin at 6:00 a.m. and will take place for much of the morning.

After receiving more than two and a half feet of snow on the pass, partnering agencies, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), have determined avalanche control operations are required to keep the mountain pass safe for the traveling public.

Travelers can expect 45-minute to one-hour delays. Eastbound traffic will be stopped at the Treasure Falls chain up station, mile point (MP) 157. Westbound traffic will be stopped near the pass summit, MP 166.