Crews continue to clear Red Mountain Pass debris

Associated Press Updated: January 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm • Published: January 28, 2014 0

OURAY — U.S. Highway 550 over Red Mountain Pass is expected to remain closed through the week as crews work to stop a rock slide.

Workers installed more nets Tuesday to help bring down large rocks from the road near Ouray. However, snow is expected Wednesday through Saturday and the Colorado Department of Transportation says that could temporarily halt the work.

The road has been closed for about two weeks following an initial slide onto the highway on Jan. 12.

The closure has severed the only direct route from Ouray (yoo-RAY') to Silverton, normally a 70-mile drive. A detour over Dallas Divide and Lizard Head Pass adds nearly 100 miles to the trip.

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