CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Crews are making progress again in their efforts to clear enough snow to open the Mount Evans Scenic Byway for the summer.
The crews are working on 14 cubic miles of snow removal from Echo Lake to the Mount Evans summit. That’s a 4,000 foot elevation change on the roadway and more snow than normal and after the Mother’s Day storm that dropped almost three feet of snow in the area.
The Colorado Department of Transportation says it’s no easy task using the heavy plows and equipment in the snow and the wind.
“We got about two and a half feet of snow Sunday into Monday and that really set us back. We made it back up to here where we are now and the winds have just been blowing the last two days days and we haven’t been able to keep up with it,” said Scot Crabdree from CDOT.
Despite the cold temperatures and the recent storms, CDOT says they plan on having the road open before Memorial Day weekend.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway is one of Colorado’s most scenic routes.