CDOT Projects U.S. 550 Will Fully Open by Tuesday
OURAY COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation reported on Sunday evening, Feb. 8 that recent work on the rockfall fence installation at the Ruby Walls on US 550/ Red Mountain Pass has been very productive, and that the highway could fully reopen as soon as this Tuesday.
CDOT maintenance crews will assist Yenter Companies as they complete the fence installation, set a barrier and install a temporary traffic signal on Monday.
"It's been a long time coming but we're almost to our goal," said Greg Stacey, incident commander and deputy superintendent for CDOT's Durango Maintenance Section. "When we get there it will definitely be one heck of an accomplishment and a time to celebrate."
Work will continue throughout Monday, Feb. 10 and an announcement will be sent Monday evening on whether the road can open full time to traffic on Tuesday. Check www.cotrip.org for notification. Meanwhile, the pass is still opened up to single-lane, alternating travel from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
CDOT crews have been working nonstop for the past month to fully reopen the highway following a massive rockslide on Jan. 11.
For a video of the work on Red Mountain Pass, click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWPdl-M4GxM