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Red Mountain Pass: One lane open twice daily

2/11/14 Red Mountain Pass is open without restrictions! One month from date of rockfall.!


02/04/2014 08:38 AM MST

OURAY COUNTY – Despite the inclement weather, crews working on the rockfall fencing on US 550 over Red Mountain Pass are making good progress. With continued good progress and weather permitting, the fence could be complete by Friday. This temporary fencing—360 feet long and 24 feet high—is being installed to further safeguard travel on the highway until a more permanent solution is in place.

CDOT and contractor Yenter Companies will continue work on the fence as weather permits and forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center will continue to monitor the area for avalanche risk in the work zone.

When fence installation is complete, CDOT expects to open the roadway up to traffic 24/7, and single-lane, alternating travel will continue in this area for the time-being.

Briefs and photos are posted on CDOT’s Media Room page at and full press releases, which have been issued each night after the end-of-day briefing meeting, are posted at:

If conditions lead to more rockfall activity in the area, CDOT may need to alter this traffic schedule. Motorists are strongly urged to check road conditions and closure information frequently (via the options below) to avoid travel delays.

Red Mountain Pass


The alternate routes are the following:  From Ouray to Durango (a distance of 70 miles using US 550) motorists will instead use SH 62 from Ridgway over Dallas Divide, SH 145 over Lizard Head Pass, then US 160, for a trip of 168 miles (a 98-mile detour).

“We do not have easy alternate routes here in southwest Colorado and there is a hardship any time we close this pass,” CDOT Region 5 Transportation Director Kerrie Neet said. “It’s important for travelers and surrounding communities to know we don’t make these decisions lightly; we base them on the safety of the traveling public, as well as our workers.”

For information on other CDOT projects, the public may call 511 or log onto CDOT’s traveler information web site at

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