Independence Pass opens for season

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Independence Pass is open to traffic for the season.

The Colorado Department of Transportation opened Colorado Highway 82 over the pass near Aspen on Thursday afternoon.

Each year, the department tries to get the 12,000-foot pass open in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

In addition to tons of snow, workers had to haul out rock debris, clear ditches and fix damaged asphalt this year.

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