Over 200 people took part in the Women's March on Saturdaythat started at the train station and ending at Buckley Park. They were assigned 12-hour shifts working around the clock to get the pass open. Estimated dates are based on historical averages or advice from the resort. The Colorado Deparment of Transportation announced Friday morning that US 550 Red Mountain Pass is officially open to the public. “This was a difficult and challenging operation,”  CDOT Maintenance Superintendent, Greg Stacy said. Avalanche danger has been high in Colorado in recent weeks, and numerous other slides covered major roadways forcing them to closes for hours. As the snow continues Friday, motorists should observe safe driving practices and be aware of CDOT equipment continuing to work on the pass to keep it safe and passable. SUGGESTED VIDEOS | Local stories from 9NEWS. Four cars were buried in an avalanche on Highway 91 between Leadville and Copper Mountain on March 7, according to CDOT. “Our crews need to focus on the task at hand – opening this road to the traveling public and to the residents of our local communities. "Crews can now work without risk of potential slides. Avalanche mitigation teams and maintenance crews have triggered and continue to trigger an unprecedented amount of snow from several avalanche paths that are now covering the roadway. A massive amount of snow awaits the team on the other side of the tunnel on North Red Mountain Pass. In the event that the Resort is unable to open at for the 2020/21 ski season, passholders would have their season passes credited in full for the following season and not be subject to any potential price increases. “Mother nature kept hitting us with multiple storms in a row. “We advise drivers to not stop in avalanche prone areas.”. “We have never encountered avalanche slides to this magnitude,” CDOT Area Maintenance Supervisor Vance Kelso said in a prepared statement. Snow removal operations will continue to widen and clear the shoulders of the roadway. RELATED: 4 cars buried by avalanche on Highway 91. It had been closed since March 3. 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Crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation made so much progress this week to clear massive amounts of snow and debris from Red Mountain Pass that it was reopened on Friday. “By mid-morning on Saturday, after the first of several slides had been triggered and fallen onto the closed highway, equipment operators with their arsenal of heavy machines headed down the closed road to start pushing snow out of the way,” CDOT said in a news release. What happens if RED doesn’t open next season or is closed part way through the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic? Mitigation operations were also performed Saturday morning on two other southwest Colorado passes, US 550 Molas Pass and CO 145 Lizard Head Pass. SOUTHWEST COLORADO ― US Highway 550 Red Mountain Pass will remain closed until further notice. For the past week, Colorado Department of Transportation crews have worked around the clock to get the pass open. CDOT PHOTO: The first vehicle drives through the gate on US 550 North Red Mountain Pass which is now open to the traveling public. CDOT said crews have been assigned to 12-hour shifts working around the clock to get the pass open. The pass between Silverton and Ouray closed March 3 after avalanches covered the road in up to 60 feet of snow. PO Box 529 Ridgway CO 81432, New "probable" case of COVID-19 counted in Ouray County, COVID-19 outbreak identified in Ouray County, First Ouray County COVID-19 positive patient shares story, New death related to COVID-19 reported in Ouray County, What’s at stake with the effort to reintroduce gray wolves in Colorado. These dates are subject to change at RED Mountain Resort's discretion based on weather and snowfall. “We have never encountered avalanche slides to this magnitude. The pass was closed for more than two weeks, beginning March 3. Driving along Highway 550 between Durango & Ouray we came across Red Mountain Pass and it really stands out because it's so unique to see a mountain that looks like this in Colorado. The cost of the mitigation and removal operations has yet to be deteremined. The Colorado Deparment of Transportation announced Friday morning that US 550 Red Mountain Pass is officially open to the public. 970-325-4412, Mailing address: “Although the first day of spring was just marked on the calendar this week, storms are still very likely to happen in our southwest mountains.

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