Fuel leak closes Loveland Pass
Aspen, CO Colorado
SILVER PLUME, Colo. ” U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass has been closed because of a fuel leak, forcing extra truck traffic onto nearby Interstate 70 and causing huge traffic jams.
Highway crews are periodically closing the Eisenhower Tunnel to most vehicles so trucks carrying hazardous cargo can go through with no other traffic. Those trucks normally use Loveland Pass.
The tunnel shutdowns have backed up traffic for two miles on either side.
Colorado Department of Transportation spokesman Bob Wilson says snow and wind on Loveland Pass has slowed down the cleanup. He couldn’t say when the work would be done.
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There is a lot of pent up energy among hikers and bikers to get into the high country, but snow fields, avalanche debris and high stream crossings are presenting challenges later than usual. Forest rangers with the Aspen-Sopris District provide trail condition reports that are updated each week so hikers and backpackers aren’t caught unaware.