Intermittent closures along 550 Red Mountain Pass Thursday afternoon

Travel Advisory

April 11, 2024 - Southwestern Colorado - Motorists should plan for lengthy delays beginning at 2:30 p.m. today

Southwest Colorado — The Colorado Department of Transportation will perform safety critical winter maintenance operations on US Highway 550 Red Mountain Pass at multiple locations between Ouray and Silverton. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, motorists should plan for intermittent 30 minute delays for most of the afternoon. Crews will work swiftly and safely to complete winter maintenance operations however, delays may be extended depending on weather conditions and the extent of snow removal required.

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Winter maintenance alert map of closures taking place on US 550 Red Mountain Pass on Thursday, April 11 between 230 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Winter maintenance alert map of closures taking place on US 550 Red Mountain Pass on Thursday, April 11 between 230 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Traffic Impacts

Winter maintenance operations scheduled for Thursday, April 11 beginning at 2:30 p.m.

  • Northbound travelers will encounter a closure four miles north of Silverton (Mile Point 75)
  • Southbound travelers will encounter a closure at the Bear Creek Bridge (Mile Point 90.5)
  • Motorists will be guided by flaggers through the closure points

Know Before You Go

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:

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!

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