PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – More than 60 vehicles lined up to drive Independence Pass for the first time this season. The pass had been closed longer due to the safer-at-home orders as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Independence Pass (credit: Colorado Dept. of Transportation)

The gates for the pass between Aspen and Twin Lakes opened on Monday. The Colorado Department of Transportation says drivers were met with a new, smooth driving surface. They say crews paved two sections where the pass narrows to a single lane.

(credit: Colorado Dept. of Transportation)

Crews also cleared seasonal snow from the road.

(credit: Colorado Dept. of Transportation)

Drivers and cyclists are reminded to check conditions before heading out.

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