Independence Pass remains closed |

Independence Pass remains closed

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Road bicyclists will enjoy an extra weekend of auto-free biking on Independence Pass, the Colorado Department of Transportation confirmed on Tuesday.

May 30 remains the target date to get Highway 82 over the pass open to motorized traffic.

“It definitely will not open before then,” said a CDOT spokesperson.

The pass to the east of Aspen typically opens on the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, but not this year. Crews are continuing to clear snow from the upper reaches of the 12,095-foot pass and are bracing for the possibility of additional snow this weekend, the CDOT spokesperson said.

In the meantime, the highway was plowed and swept to the ghost town of Independence, 10 miles up from the closure gate on the Aspen side, for last weekend’s Ride for the Pass event. It’s rare that bicyclists get the pass to themselves for the holiday weekend that follows the Ride for the Pass.

Aspen’s weekend forecast may not be conducive to biking, though. Thunderstorms are possible each day and the forecast includes a chance of snow showers each night from Friday through Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. Given predicted lows in the 20s, odds are that overnight precipitation will fall as snow on the pass, if not in town, as well.

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