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Highway 550 On Red Mountain Pass Remains Closed For Avalanche Mitigation

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.

Red Mtn Pass Avalanche 6 (CDOT crews, from CDOT)
(credit: CDOT)

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."

Red Mtn Pass Avalanche 7 (CDOT crews, from CDOT)
Red Mountain Pass avalanche mitigation (credit: CDOT)

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.

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