Top

blog

Stories

 

Photos: Red Mountain Pass finally reopens, but rock slide fix only temporary

red.mountain.pass.reopening.2.jpg
>Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation/Dan Bender, La Plata County Sheriff's Office
Update: Over the course of the past few weeks, we've told you about the efforts to reopen Red Mountain Pass, which has been closed to unfettered traffic since January 12, when falling rocks smashed onto Highway 550 south of Ouray, with others on the cliff side dangerously close to following suit. (See our previous coverage below.) At 8:30 p.m. last night, however, the road finally reopened, albeit to single lane, alternating traffic. See photos and get more information about the repair work and the continuing need for a long-term fix below.

In the days after our previous update, published on February 4, the Colorado Department of Transportation (which provided the photos and accompanying captions below) worked on installing rockfall fencing along the highway. The fencing was intended as a second safeguard for drivers, supplementing a series of nets that were stretched over the cliff in a helicopter-assisted engineering feat made even more challenging by weather conditions that didn't always cooperate.

red.mountain.pass.reopening.1.jpg
Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation/Dan Bender, La Plata County Sheriff's Office
"Rockfall fence installation February 5, 2014."
After six of ten fence posts called for in the safety plan were installed on Thursday, February 6, Greg Stacy, CDOT's deputy superintendent for the Durango maintenance section, was upbeat about finishing the task soon. A few days earlier, officials had started to allow some traffic to go through, but only during a pair of two-hour blocks in the morning and evening. But in a statement, Stacy said, "Our target opening is Friday night if everything goes extremely well."

red.mountain.pass.reopening.3.jpg
Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation/Dan Bender, La Plata County Sheriff's Office
"Rockfall fence installation February 5, 2014."
It didn't, unfortunately. Delays pushed into and through the weekend. But late Monday came the following blast, spelled out, appropriately enough, in all capital letters: "RED MOUNTAIN PASS IS OPEN AS OF 8:30 P.M. TONIGHT!"

red.mountain.pass.reopening.4.jpg
Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation/Dan Bender, La Plata County Sheriff's Office
"Rockfall fence installation February 5, 2014."
That's not the end of CDOT's Red Mountain Pass mission. As noted by the department, "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."

In other words, additional work will be needed in order to move from single, alternating lane traffic to a complete return to normalcy. Meanwhile, however, the workers on this incredible project deserve credit for finally ending one of the longest Colorado highway closures in recent memory.

Continue to see our previous coverage of the efforts to reopen Red Mountain Pass, including photos and videos.



Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
5 comments
Jason R. Clark
Jason R. Clark

Think Positive. Act Positive. Be Positive. Stay Positive. “The Miracle on Ice” – A bunch of young kids who just didn’t know any better. Many don’t remember this game was not the gold medal match. The USA advanced to beat Finland to win the gold medal. Colorado, if you don’t want to Win and be #1, you probably never will be. Your attitude is everything whether in sport, a classroom, an office, or politics. www.electjasonclark.com #olympics #jasonclarkforgovernor #DenverPost #copolitics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mer7rlADBQg “If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?” Vince Lombardi

Chris Vann
Chris Vann

Sweet now we can go to Silverton...Wait we don't need to go to Silvverton

TazTolstoy
TazTolstoy

5280 Magazine take note, re: the woman of Colorado issue. When propagating lies like the wage-gap and trumpeting the accomplishments of women as if under some yoke of oppression and discrimination, at least make an attempt to show balance, to go through the motions of verifying such "truths", to reign in the straight-up pandering, just enough to make it read as an actual story and not just one more aggrandizing, victim-class mongering, piece of trite ideological vomit.


Those women may be great, but what makes them great is not breaking the bonds and oppression of their male keepers. They are better than that. Even if you can't be, don't taint their accomplishments with your femprogressive agenda.


For every 10 high-powered social-media marketing "executives" there are 10 men hanging from the side of some cliff, bridge, or tunnel, keeping what remains of our infrastructure in working order. When rags like the Atlantic can't sing enough praises about "The End of Men" and "Who needs Men" and how/why men need to "Man Up" (conform to the feminine whims of the day), it is nice to see that there is, if even occasionally, an example of what productive things men are doing every day, without praise or fanfare, to keep our land safe, productive, clean, comfortable, and peaceful. Thanks Westword.


The Men of Colorado. 



talllifekid
talllifekid

I wish I had a job like this. Hopefully the net maintains throughout the rest of the season to really find a permanent solution to the issues or just a forecast. :D

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...