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: Animal Rights Lawyer Jennifer Emmi Accepts Plea Bargain In Murder-For-Hire Case
Rocks began tumbling onto the road Sunday evening, and by Monday the rock fall was described as continuous.READ MORE: Illegal Street Racing In Aurora: Cars Can Be Impounded For Up To A Year
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.
CDOT says an average of 2,200 vehicles a day use Red Mountain Pass.MORE NEWS: Missing Hiker: Gilpin County Sheriff's Deputies Searching For Harold Taylor
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