Rock fall forces shutdown of US 550 south of Ouray

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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Road Closed Sign

OURAY, Colo. (AP) There's no estimate yet on when Red Mountain Pass near Ouray will reopen.

U.S. 550 was closed in both directions Monday because of a long-lasting rock slide.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says rocks began tumbling onto the road Sunday evening, and by Monday the rock fall was described as continuous. A rock fall contractor is expected to inspect the pass Tuesday morning by helicopter and on the ground.

Rocks up to 6 inches in diameter are covering about 200 feet of highway, and a pile 8 feet deep formed at one spot. Rocks also severed a power line.

CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks told The Durango Herald that the slide is probably the result of a deep freeze-and-thaw process, which she said is unusual for this time of year.


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