Latest News – March 22

Leadville Commuters: Hwy 24 to Close Monday

Looks like Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews are finally going to address that dangerous rockslide area above Minturn. They plan to start work tomorrow Monday, March 23 and that portion of the highway will be closed to through traffic.

Rockfall mitigation for US 24 near Minturn is scheduled to start Monday, March 23. The stretch of road will be closed to commuters during the work. Photo: CDOT.

Rockfall mitigation for US 24 near Minturn is scheduled to start Monday, March 23. The stretch of road will be closed to commuters during the work. Photo: CDOT.

The nature of the work will include scaling and removing around 1000+ cubic yards of debris on the slope above mile marker 149 and for the safety of the traveling public will require a full closure of US 24 for possibly three days. 

“We feel it’s imperative that this emergency work needs to be done now to assure other loose material is not coming down on the roadway as we warm up this spring,” said Ty Ortiz, CDOT Geohazards Program Manager. “Our team is working to be proactive at these sites in an attempt to mitigate rockfall hazards like the ones we’ve encountered in places like Glenwood Canyon,” he noted. 

This stretch of HIghway 24 at mile marker 153 has been the point of several rockslides and avalanches and is a serious danger to drivers. Photo: CDOT

This stretch of Highway 24 at mile marker 153 has been the point of several rockslides and avalanches and is a serious danger to regular commuters. Photo: CDOT

CDOT crews will close US 24 Monday morning, March 23 around 7:30 a.m. at mile marker 153 near the town of Red Cliff and at mile marker 148 near the town of Minturn. Once crews complete the initial emergency scaling, work will continue through the month to erect permanent rockfall devices.  Traffic will resume during the permanent work with some delays expected. 

Be advised that traffic will still be open from Leadville to Ski Cooper, for all those Spring Break skiers and boarders.

However, the alternate route for motorists needing to travel through to Minturn or Vail would be SH 91 northbound to I-70, via Fremont Pass. Of course, for regular 91 commuters, be prepared for an increase in traffic during the mitigation work on Hwy 24 and plan accordingly.

Remember you can always log on to www.cotrip.org, download the CDOT Mobile app or call 511 from anywhere in the state for the ost up-to-the-minute conditions. You can also find connect on www.facebook.com/coloradodot or on Twitter: @coloradodot.

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