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Rockfall work to close U.S. Highway 24

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MINTURN — Colorado Department of Transportation crews working with Yenter companies will begin emergency rockfall mitigation on U.S. Highway 24 beginning Monday. The nature of the work will include scaling and removing around 1,000 cubic yards of debris on the slope above mile marker 149. The safety of the traveling public will require a full closure of Highway 24 for possibly three days.

“We feel it’s imperative that this emergency work needs to be done now to assure other loose material is not coming down on the roadway as we warm up this spring,” said Ty Ortiz, geohazards program manager for the department of transportation. “Our team is working to be proactive at these sites in an attempt to mitigate rockfall hazards like the ones we’ve encountered in places like Glenwood Canyon.”

Crews will close Highway 24 around 7:30 a.m. Monday at mile marker 153 near the town of Red Cliff and at mile marker 148 near the town of Minturn (on the very south side past Maloit Park and Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy). Once crews complete the initial emergency scaling, work will continue through the month to erect permanent rockfall devices. Traffic will resume during the permanent work with some delays expected.

For motorists traveling this stretch of highway, the alternate route is Colorado Highway 91 northbound to Interstate 70. All businesses along the route — including in Red Cliff and Camp Hale — remain open through the closure.

To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, log on to http://www.co trip.org, download the CDOT Mobile app or call 511 from anywhere in the state.


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