Independence Pass to reopen Thursday |

Independence Pass to reopen Thursday

Janet Urquhart
High runoff has washed out a section of Highway 82 on the east side of Independence Pass, forcing its closure. It is expected to reopen Thursday afternoon.

Independence Pass will open sometime Thursday afternoon, according to state highway officials. They were forced to close it last night at about midnight after high runoff washed out a section of pavement on the Twin Lakes side.

After inspecting the site today, a Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crew determined the remaining pavement is sound and can accommodate two-way traffic, according to spokeswoman Nancy Shanks. A portable barrier will be placed around the damaged area.

Initially, CDOT anticipated reopening just one lane by Friday, allowing for alternating traffic for the holiday weekend.

Highway 82 over the pass wasn’t originally scheduled to open until Friday anyway, but CDOT wrapped up pavement repairs and painting stripes on the roadway early, thanks to a balmy stretch of weather.

The pass is located east of Aspen.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User