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Avalanche Control Operations Set for Mountain Passes Across Southwest and South Central Colorado

SOUTHWEST/SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO—Motorists can expect delays through Friday, Jan. 5, while traveling over most mountain passes in Southwest and South Central Colorado as CDOT conducts avalanche control operations. Crews will trigger potential snow slides, followed by snowplowing.

US Highway 160, Wolf Creek Pass: The pass will be closed from 6:30-8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. Highway gates will be closed at the summit just west of the ski resort and just west of Treasure Falls.

US Highway 550, Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain Passes: Separate crews will work each of these three passes starting at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. Expect intermittent delays until about 9 a.m.

CO Highway 145, Lizard Head Pass: Depending upon visibility and snow quantities, mitigation on Lizard Head Pass will take place either Thursday, Jan. 4, or Friday, Jan. 5.

US Highway 50, Monarch Pass: Crews will continue ongoing mitigation efforts on Thursday, Jan. 4. Work is scheduled through late morning to early afternoon.

CO Highway 17, Cumbres-La Manga Pass: Depending upon visibility and snow quantities, mitigation on Cumbres-La Manga Pass will take place on either Thursday, Jan. 4, or Friday, Jan. 5.

STAY INFORMED:

Road and weather conditions are available by dialing 511, 303-639-1111, or visiting COtrip. Available on/from the COtrip site are:

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