OURAY, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Department of Transportation says U.S. Highway 550 over Red Mountain Pass will remain closed indefinitely while workers are being brought in by helicopter to fix damage caused by a rock fall.
The department says a helicopter made two trips Thursday carrying workers who are fixing the highway. Crews are bringing rocks down by hand to make the highway safe.READ MORE: Fight Between Passenger & American Airlines Flight Attendant Causes Flight To Be Diverted To Denver International Airport
Rocks began tumbling onto the road Sunday evening, and by Monday the rock fall was described as continuous.READ MORE: Some CU Boulder Students Believe This Halloween Won't Be As Problematic With COVID Cases
The closure severs the only direct route from Ouray to Silverton, normally a 70-mile drive over Red Mountain Pass. A detour over Dallas Divide and Lizard Head Pass adds nearly 100 miles to the trip.
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