Independence Pass project will close parking area
September 12, 2009
ASPEN – An Independence Pass Foundation project to remove old snow fencing on Independence Pass will require the closing of the summit parking and overlook area on Sept. 21 and 22, weather permitting.
Highway 82 will remain open over the pass, southeast of Aspen, but motorists may encounter short-term closures during the work.
The foundation is funding the $30,000 project to cart off old fence debris that has littered the tundra for years. Its removal has been an ongoing foundation effort. This year, the last of the fencing is expected to be removed.
The snow fences were installed in the 1960s for a water-conservation project. The idea was to retard and prolong spring runoff by capturing and compacting snowdrifts along the Continental Divide, but the project was abandoned before it was completed. Fence materials were left scattered across the tundra.
Traffic delays while the work is under way will be no longer than 15 minutes, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The pass is scheduled to close for the winter season on Nov. 7 unless weather forces an earlier closure, according to CDOT.