Independence Pass back open Tuesday morning after storm rolls out |

Independence Pass back open Tuesday morning after storm rolls out

Staff reports

Highway 82 over Independence Pass reopened Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. after an overnight closure for safety reasons, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The pass, which closed Monday night, was expected to be closed longer but the storm rolled out, according to a CDOT spokesperson Tuesday morning.

“Like last week, this is expected to be a safety closure and not a seasonal closure,” CDOT’s Elise Thatcher said Tuesday morning.

The pass usually closes for the season around Nov. 7. The road east of Aspen tops out at the 12,095-foot summit then drops to Twin Lakes on the Lake County side of the pass.

This is the second time in a week the stretch of road has been closed because of weather conditions. The pass was closed from Oct. 12 to the afternoon of Oct. 15 because of a series of snowstorms.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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