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Independence Pass to remain open indefinitely

Staff report

Independence Pass last week. The pass will remain open until a snowstorm is in the forecast.

Independence Pass will remain open until the first forecasted snowstorm in the area, Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tracy Trulove said Thursday.

CDOT had originally scheduled the high mountain pass to close Nov. 7 but later extended the closure due to the mild fall weather.

"We will be monitoring for any potential snow events working with our local Colorado Avalanche Information Center forecaster as well as information that we get from the National Weather Service to make a decision on when the pass needs to be closed not only for the safety of our CDOT crews but also the traveling public," CDOT Supervisor said Tim Holbrook said in a statement this week.

This marks Independence Pass' latest closure in the past five years, according to the statement that provided closing dates since 2011.

For updates on the status of Independence Pass' closure, visit the CDOT traveler website at http://www.cotrip.org.

Independence Pass closure dates in the last five years:

2011: Nov. 2

2012: Nov. 9

2013: Nov. 4

2014: Nov. 12

2015: Nov. 4

Source: Colorado Department of Transportation