Rockfall Work on Red Mountain Pass Underway
by Watch Staff
Oct 06, 2011 | 666 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OURAY COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a project to reduce rockfall on US 550 on Red Mountain Pass south of Ouray, between the Bear Creek Tunnel and the snow shed (mile marker 91), on Monday. The two-season project will be suspended for winter by Nov. 15, and will resume around May 1, 2012. The project will be completed by June 15, 2012.

The safety improvement project, at a cost of $845,880, involves rockfall reduction measures between mileposts 88 and 91. The mitigation will include removing loose rocks, stabilizing fracture points, and the installation of netting.

Throughout the duration of the project motorists will encounter single-lane, alternating traffic between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the northbound lane Monday through Friday. There will be no weekend work. Motorists will also encounter full traffic holds of up to 20 minutes during work hours.

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