Independence Pass closed until spring

By Real Aspen
October 28, 2010
Independence Pass is officially closed until next spring.

The Colorado Department of Transportation temporarily closed the pass Monday after heavy snow and adverse conditions made the route between Aspen and Leadville unfit for motorists.

A view of the top of the pass a few weeks ago.
Troy Hooper

"A re-opening of the pass following the storm was determined not to be feasible and safe, so will remain closed," CDOT announced in a press release. "Motorists are encouraged to check CDOT’s traveler information site at www.cotrip.org, before heading out in winter conditions. For road condition information, the public may also call 511 from anywhere in the state."

The pass had been scheduled to close Nov. 7.

The closure is for 18 miles along Highway 82 just east of Aspen to west of Twin Lakes.

The 12,095-foot pass is closed for the winter every year for the safety of the traveling public. It is often closes before the scheduled Nov. 7 date. Last year, the pass closed for the season on October 29 due to similar early storms. Each spring, CDOT plans the opening of Independence Pass for Memorial Day weekend in May, weather permitting.

But if you're not from around here, don't worry. There is a way in and out of the valley. Highway 82 intersects with Interstate 70 in the city of Glenwood Springs.


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