Independence Pass closed for season |

Independence Pass closed for season

Aspen Times Staff Report

The recent snowstorm dropped enough white stuff that the Colorado Department of Transportation has decided to close Independence Pass for the season.

Though CDOT had hoped to reopen the pass for the weekend, a trip in a four-wheel-drive pickup Wednesday clinched the decision to leave it closed, said Phil Anderle, area maintenance supervisor for CDOT.

“We were pushing snow up to the headlights,” Anderle said. He estimated that drifts on the final grade of the pass could be five feet or higher.

“We tried,” Anderle said. “We really wanted to keep it open until the seventh, but it didn’t work out. Too much snow.” The official closing had been planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday.

CDOT officials had planned to try to reopen the road after the midweek storm passed, but Wednesday’s excursion changed their minds.

“It’d be too intensive an effort to open it up again,” Anderle said.

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