Construction Continues Around The Valley

Travelers should be aware of ongoing construction and paving operations around the valley so there will be delays and restrictions.

Cottonwood Pass

Cottonwood Pass is open open. The pass has been open to the summit on the Chaffee County side all summer, now Gunnison County has opened the west side of the pass. No trailers of any kind will be allowed. No vehicles over 36’ in length or wider that 8’6”.

All side roads off Cottonwood Pass and parking areas are still closed. Expect 30 minute delays due to ongoing construction.

Highway 285

Highway 285 remains closed between Antero Junction and Fairplay today through Thursday. The detour is to take U.S. 24 at Antero Junction to Highway 9 to Fairplay.

The closure will be in place every Monday through Thursday through August.

Dan R

Danny “Dan R” Ridenour has been in radio and television broadcasting for 42 years, starting as a senior in high school at KAMO in Rogers, Arkansas.

Dan attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas from 1978-82 (where he picked up the name Dan R after his fraternity brothers couldn’t pronounce his last name), majoring in Radio/Television. Dan lived in Jonesboro for 10 years working in radio and then was a TV weatherman for ABC affiliate KAIT Channel 8.

Television was a little boring when compared to radio, so Dan returned to hosting radio morning shows in Nashville, Memphis, Oklahoma, and then eventually, Colorado.

Dan enjoys being involved in the community, having been an member of the Upper Arkansas Service Club and is currently on the board of directors for the Salida Community Center and is a member of the Chaffee County Fair Committee.

Dan and his wife Carrie spend their days doing everything the mountains have to offer: hiking, camping, fishing and skiing. They raised 3 children together and have 2 grandchildren.
Dan R

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