Avalanche & Snow Removal Operations on Monarch Pass [Update]

[UPDATE] As of 7 pm, CDOT reports that avalanche and snow removal operations are complete.

[Original Story] The Colorado Department of Transportation will perform winter maintenance on Monarch Pass, Highway 50, between Gunnison and Salida, today, Jan. 11th. Operations will require a full closure starting at 5 pm.

Eastbound travelers will encounter a closure near Sargents at Mile Point 190, while westbound travelers will encounter a closure at Maysville near Mile Point 210. CDOT anticipates that operations will be complete by 7 pm.

The exact time of reopening the highway is not known and the closure may last for as long as two hours. Regional travelers should plan ahead, allow for extra travel time, or arrive and drive through the gates before the designated closure time.

Visit COtrip.org for the latest information on road closures and conditions. 

Terry West
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