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Independence Pass still closed

Aspen Times Staff Report

Independence Pass remained closed yesterday while geologists with the Colorado Department of Transportation analyzed the stability of the slope where a rockslide occurred Tuesday.

A rock and earth slide along the top cut of Highway 82, just shy of the summit, blocked travel Tuesday at about 4 p.m. Authorities closed the pass soon afterward, and will not offer an update on when it will reopen until this afternoon.

“There are geologists working on it right now,” said Steve Quick, CDOT maintenance supervisor. “When it reopens all depends on what they find out. If they find out that the mountainside is still unstable, that when we remove the fallen rock more is liable to slide, then we’ll have to do something else.”

While motorists cannot cross the pass from either side during the closure, access from Aspen to two campgrounds located on Highway 82 before the slide area – Weller and Lincoln Creek – remains open.


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