Independence Pass to remain open past Friday, until next ‘weather event’ |

Independence Pass to remain open past Friday, until next ‘weather event’

Staff report

After last week’s declaration that Independence Pass would close Friday for the season, the Colorado Department of Transportation said Thursday the pass east of Aspen will remain open “until the next forecasted snowstorm for the area.”

Warm weather and little snow accumulations up to the 12,095-foot summit have means Highway 82 will remain open past Friday.

CDOT officials will work with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and the National Weather Service to decide when the season closure will take effect.

“We’ve implemented several safety closures at night over the past week in an effort to keep motorists safe and then get our plows up there at daybreak to plow and put down product,” CDOT supervisor Tim Holbrook said in a news releases.

According to the National Weather Service, there is no snow in the forecast for the next week in the Aspen area and highs are expected in the mid-50s.

Because the Grand Avenue Bridge opened Monday ahead of schedule, CDOT said last week it would close the pass for the season sometime after the bridge detour ended.

The Pass closes annually around the beginning of November and reopens again around Memorial Day.