Last year, multiple avalanches buried the highway under tons of snow, tree trunks, dirt and rock. This includes homes, warehouses, land, and shopping centers. Responsibilities…, QUALITY BRANDS (Budweiser) NOW HIRING! The pass closed this week because of the Grizzly Creek fire and safety concerns over heavy traffic volumes as Colorado 82 became an alternate route. Independence Pass is back open, but only for passenger vehicles. Snow-removal crews were able to advance to the high country after forecasters from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center examined conditions in the field and devised a plan of action late last week. In a statement provided by CDOT spokeswoman Elise Thatcher, the agency said it will continue to consult with partner agencies on the opening date. Independence Pass has reopened to passenger cars after multiple large vehicles got stuck on the narrow and steep road, prompting a safety closure. Drivers using the pass should expect slow speeds, lengthy travel times and potential delays of up to two hours, CDOT said. 970-984-0856, Reservations Sales; Full time/year round The Timberline Condominiums in Snowmass is looking for a full time/year round reservations agent. At 12,095ft at the summit, Independence Pass is the highest paved pass in the state. All Rights Reserved. The highway over Independence Pass typically opens on the Thursday prior to Memorial Day Weekend, which would have been May 21 this year. With the opening of the Pass delayed until at least June 1, crews will have plenty of time to clear the snow to the summit and perform additional duties such as pavement repair and guardrail replacement. In general, the snowpack doesn’t like rapid changes.”. Approximately 65 vehicles were lined up at the Pitkin County gate on Monday, June 1, when Colorado Department of Transportation crews opened the gates on CO 82. Pitkin County Public Works Director Brian Pettet said there were multiple reasons for requesting the extended closure. Independence Pass connects Twin Lakes and Aspen, making it an alternative route to I-70 for drivers headed to the Western Slope. CDOT typically aims to get Independence Pass open the Thursday before Memorial Day. For the latest road condition information go to www.cotrip.org. Keeping that value closed was deemed the best option, he said. >>> Watch the video above for a look at the travel difficulties presented by the Grizzly Creek Fire.
Lodging in both counties is closed until at least the end of May. The Independence Pass closure also applies to cyclists, hikers and motorcycles, DiSalvo said. Plus, Forest Service facilities won't be open before June anyway. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times Buy Photo, Independence Pass Foundation executive director Karin Teague takes a photograph of the high snow walls surrounding the road on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Glenwood Canyon closure has truckers trying Independence Pass, which is not allowed for semis, Grizzly Creek Fire a 'top national priority' as it explodes to more than 13,000 acres. COVID-19 has disrupted our education system, how schools are meeting student needs, and what’s being put in place to address gaps in resources. The pass will remain closed until further notice. Eastbound and westbound traffic on either side of the pass will encounter alternating traffic flow controlled by flagging personnel. Highway 82 over Independence Pass will remain closed until at least June 1, the Colorado Department of Transportation confirmed Tuesday. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Highway 82 over Independence Pass will remain closed indefinitely. Trail Ridge Road through the Rocky Mountain National Park will also remain closed until further notice.
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