Highway 550

Landslide Causes Economic Problems For Ouray

May 22, 2014
Red Mountain Pass, Highway 550, Ouray
Laura Palmisano

In January a massive landslide closed Highway 550 through Red Mountain Pass for a month while crews cleared debris. That stretch of Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway connects the city of Ouray to the town of Silverton. Construction on the highway resumed in April to repair damage and place chain covers over the areas most susceptible to rock movement. Last week, Ouray declared a state of economic emergency as a result of the natural disaster. Pacie Merling, a brewer and bartender at Ouray...