Sun Shines On Trail Ridge Road After Bad Weather Forces Closure

Estes Park (AP) The sun is up over Trail Ridge Road Wednesday, allowing traffic to move once again along the highest continuous paved road in the country. Rocky Mountain National Park officials closed the tourist attraction about 7:45 Tuesday night due to ice build–up on the road, low visibility, and a continued forecast for poor weather.

Spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says road crews had better visibility early Wednesday. The road didn't contain enough snow to roll out the plows, and rangers were able to sweep the highway nearly dry.

Trail Ridge Road is part of U.S. Highway 34, and climbs to
12,183 feet while linking the communities of Estes Park and Grand Lake. Officials reopened the road about 7:45 a.m.

Patterson says an eleven–mile stretch of the road lies above tree–line of 11,500 feet, where low temperatures and
precipitation or fog can quickly cause poor driving conditions

Earlier, the Colorado Department of Transportation announced both the closure and reopening of Trail Ridge Road, but Patterson says C–DOT has nothing to do with the highway, and that park service officials are solely responsible for opening, maintaining, and/or closing the road.

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