Shrine Pass road getting reworked |

Shrine Pass road getting reworked

Cliff Thompson

If you’re planning on taking a drive on the popular Shrine Pass road that connects Vail Pass and Red Cliff, it may take you longer than normal.The U. S. Forest Service is installing new and replacing old culverts and resurfacing the 10 mile-long road. Motorists can expect one to two hour delays, said the Forest Service’s Kerry Pence.”The road is so narrow, particularly at the Red Cliff end, that construction crews will have to install the culverts in one stage,” Pence said.On wider roads the culverts are installed in two sections and half the road will remain open, allowing cars to pass. Work on the project will be conducted Monday through Thursday.The $139,000 project, designed to reduce sedimentation, began this week and is expected to be completed by the end of September. Signs have been posted at both the Red Cliff and Vail Pass ends of the road.Cliff Thompson can be contacted via e-mail at or by calling 949-0555 ext. 450.

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