OURAY, Colo. (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation announced that Highway 550 on Red Mountain Pass will remain closed for avalanche mitigation following a slide on Sunday night.
The original slide occurred on the road midway between Ouray and Silverton on the border between Ouray and San Juan counties.
“It was about 6 feet high and 200 feet long on the highway center line,” Nancy Shanks with CDOT said in a statement. “Crews closed the road, cleared the slide, escorted waiting traffic through and fully closed the pass again at midnight.”
Shanks said the highway will stay closed until needed avalanche mitigation can be completed. She said there are also delays on Coal Bank and Molas passes for mitigation work.