CDOT update on planned mitigation

My morning update will be out a bit later, but I wanted to catch travelers early today.

I have been in touch with CDOT and they will be advising us of their plans going forward. Here are their plans for Wednesday.

Important winter maintenance work is required with the significant amounts of snow received in the San Juan Mountains and along high country passes tomorrow, Wed., Dec 29.

CDOT will perform avalanche mitigation on US 160 Wolf Creek Pass beginning at 6 a.m. Westbound traffic will be stopped just west of the ski area near the pass summit (MP 167) and eastbound traffic will be stopped near Treasure Falls (MP 158). Travelers can expect a lengthy delay and should allow for extra travel time or arrive at the closure points before 6 a.m. Visit for highway closure information and updates.

CDOT will also perform avalanche mitigation on all three US 550 mountain passes. Crews will begin at 7 a.m. working south of Silverton on Coal Bank and Molas Passes. Once work is completed on these two passes, crews will move north of Silverton to trigger slide paths on Red Mountain Pass, likely in the late morning or afternoon. During morning operations, northbound traffic will be stopped near Cascade (MP 54) and southbound traffic will be stopped at Silverton (MP 70). During afternoon operations, northbound traffic will be stopped at Silverton (MP 71) and southbound traffic will be stopped at Ouray (MP 91). Travelers can expect lengthy delays and should allow for extra travel time.

Travelers should also be advised that this week’s winter storms, expected through New Years Day, may prompt unexpected safety closures on mountain passes. CDOT and/or the Colorado State Patrol may implement safety closures due to adverse driving conditions – strong winds, blowing snow, snow-packed/icy roads, and white-out conditions.

As far as the webcams go, here is their response and suggestion.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a good answer at this time. The regional staff has been working diligently in getting these cameras reported to our ITS (technology) department in hopes they can get them fixed as soon as possible. We encourage travelers to utilize the “road conditions” and “traffic incidents” layers on, as well as calling 511 for more accurate road conditions during these webcam outages. We also urge the public to continue to report these malfunctioning cameras to CDOT through our live agent chat ( or through (you can report a camera by clicking on the malfunctioning image, click on the second icon at the bottom right).

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