Independence Pass to Open Tomorrow, May 27
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews have been working daylight to dusk to get State Highway 82 Independence Pass ready for this week. They are still on-target to swing the gates open today Thursday, May 26 at Noon.
As the highest paved pass in Colorado, Independence Pass summit sits at 12,095-feet so even while the snow has been plowed, there was still plenty of work to do, such as filling potholes, straightening signs and assessing and mitigating avalanche risks. CDOT crews work with Colorado Avalanche Information Center forecasters to clear up to one dozen slide paths that can impact SH 82. Late spring storms had CDOT performing some avalanche mitigation last week to get the highway ready. Not all paths present a threat each spring, and all avalanche control work is complete.
This scenic mountain corridor serves tourists, facilitates recreation and provides community connections across our state’s divide. After the pass opens on Thursday, CDOT crews will continue the business of keeping this and other state highway mountain passes safe and in good condition for the busy summer season ahead.
IMPORTANT NOTE: For travel safety, motorists and cyclists are reminded to always check conditions prior to traveling mountain passes, as spring snowstorms could close them temporarily or slow traffic at times. For roadway conditions, or information the public can log on to www.cotrip.org or call 511. Or, sign up to receive FREE road condition messages to e-mail or wireless devices by going to www.coloradodot.info and choosing the green phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.