Utility Work Advisory: Traffic stops set for US 550 Red Mountain Pass to allow for power line reconstruction

Travel Advisory

July 9, 2021 - Motorists should allow for extra travel time

Southwest Colorado —Travelers will encounter intermittent traffic stops on US 550 Red Mountain Pass next week (July 13-14, 2021) to allow for electrical utility work. San Miguel Power Association is undergoing a power line reconstruction project. Work will take place on the north side of the pass summit at approximately mile point 82, between the communities of Ouray and Silverton. 

Travel Impacts

On Tuesday, July 13, and Wednesday, July 14, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., motorists will encounter 15-minute traffic holds. Motorists are urged to take it slow and watch for flagging personnel and other workers on the roadway. Travelers should allow for extra travel time. 

Visit forest service websites or contact the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests and the San Juan National Forest for information about potential closures of forest roads and trailheads on public lands. 

Stay Informed About this Project  

Know Before You Go

Gather information about weather forecasts, anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road.

Remember: Slow for the Cone Zone

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones:

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.
  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
  • Be patient!