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Red Mountain Pass to have limited hours starting tomorrow

Starting tomorrow morning, Jan. 31, Red Mountain Pass will be open to single-lane, alternating traffic two times a day—once from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and again and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All traffic will use the southbound lane; the northbound (inside) lane will remain closed while a barrier and a temporary 24-foot-high rockfall fence is placed inside the highway center line.

Currently, CDOT and rockfall contractor Yenter Companies are setting 600 feet of concrete barrier on the highway to separate the work area from the open lane for traffic. Following each morning and afternoon road opening period, the highway will be closed again at mile marker (MM) 87 at Ironton Park (about 17 miles north of Silverton) and MM 92, just south of Ouray. The closure is necessary while crews work in the narrow roadway to install the fence, which will be constructed out of the remaining 12’ by 72’ rockfall netting panels. The on-road fencing will serve as an additional temporary safeguard in this still slide-prone area until a more permanent solution can be implemented.

“We have been working towards this announcement for nearly three weeks, and we are very happy to be making it today,” CDOT Region 5 Transportation Director Kerrie Neet. “Crews will continue to work seven days a week until the fence is installed, which is expected to take about a week, weather permitting. Once the fence is up, we will open the highway to traffic 24/7, with single-lane, alternating traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals.”

This story was posted on January 30, 2014.