US 550

NEWS
1:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

US 550 Remains Closed, Netting Work To Continue Through Tuesday

A helicopter from Silverton Mountain drops safety provisions and supplies to crews on the mountain.
Credit Dan Bender/La Plata County Sheriff's Office

Update January 27: Technical climbing crews were on hand at the side of recent rockslides along Red Mountain Pass/US 550, installing wire cable netting to stabilize boulders that continue to plague the road below. 

The alternate route south toward Durango, Cortez and beyond is SH 62 to SH 145 through Telluride, and US 160.The Colorado Department of Transportation says that work will continue through at least Tuesday, and there's still no estimated time for when the road could re-open.

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NEWS
8:46 am
Wed January 15, 2014

KVNF Regional News: January 15, 2014

HEADLINES  

  • US 550, Red Mountain Pass Remains Closed
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  • Govenor Hickenlooper Pushes Obama to Allow States to Develop Energy Plan

NEWS
2:02 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

US 550 South Of Ouray Closed Through Weekend

Rocks falling onto US 550 created a 6" hole in the highway
Credit Colorado Department of Transportation

Update: 12:30 PM (January 15): CDOT has confirmed that US 550/Red Mountain Pass two miles south of Ouray will be closed at least through this weekend (until Monday, January 20.) Rocks have reportedly been continually falling on the road near mile marker 90 as crews try to clear the rubble. 

Kerrie Neet, the regional director for CDOT, acknowledged that motorists in southwest Colorado don't have many alternative travel options, saying "there is a hardship anytime we close this pass."

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