Crashed semi recovery operation to close US 550, north of Purgatory on Saturday

Travel Advisory

May 31, 2024 - Southwestern Colorado - Travelers are encouraged to drive through the closure before 8 a.m.
Semi trailer wreckage located north of US 550 in Cascade Creek
CDOT Photo: Semi trailer wreckage located north of US 550 in Cascade Creek, approximately 2 miles north of Purgatory Resort.

Southwest Colorado — US Highway 550, at Cascade Creek (Mile Point 51) will be closed Saturday morning, June 1 to allow for the recovery of a crashed semi truck. The road closure and recovery operation are scheduled for 8 a.m. and could last for most of the day. There is no exact time of reopening.

Travelers are encouraged to make it through the closure point, approximately 2 miles north of Purgatory Resort, before the hard closure time of 8 a.m. Motorists are urged to seek alternate routes and may consider the alternate route of CO 145, through Lizard Head Pass.

Northbound and southbound traffic will be stopped on either side of the crash site (Cascade Creek) located at Mile Point 51, approximately 26 miles north of Durango and 19 miles south of Silverton.

“Crews will work swiftly to perform the recovery and we may open the highway to one-way alternating traffic as soon as it is safe to do so,” said CDOT Maintenance Supervisor Vance Kelso.

Motorists are encouraged to check for the latest road closure updates.

On May 29, US 550 was closed from approximately 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. while emergency personnel responded to the scene of a semi truck hauling pipe that had gone off the roadway and into Cascade Creek. The truck remained at the crash site until a specialized heavy tow company was available.

US 550 closure map, north of Purgatory Ski Resort
CDOT Highway Closure Map of closure on US 550, north of Purgatory Ski Resort at the Cascade Curve, Mile Point 51, between Durango and Silverton, with no estimated time of reopening on June 1, 2024

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