OURAY, Colo. (AP) – Crews working to stop a rock slide near U.S. Highway 550 over Red Mountain Pass near Ouray are expected to finish by Friday a 360-foot-long by 24-foot-high fence to keep more rocks from falling onto the roadway.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

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The Colorado Department of Transportation says the roadway will be open to 24/7 traffic once the installation is complete. Single-lane, alternating travel will continue in the area for the time being.

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The road was closed after an initial slide onto the highway on Jan. 12.

The closure severed the only direct route from Ouray to Silverton, normally a 70-mile drive. A detour over Dallas Divide and Lizard Head Pass adds nearly 100 miles to the trip.

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