Local News Briefs
A man was pronounced dead Thursday night after the snowmobile he was driving crashed into a tree about 2 miles outside of Lenado, officials said.
The deceased’s name and place of residence was unavailable as of 8:45 p.m., said Pitkin County Undersheriff Joseph DiSalvo.
Efforts to recover the body by Mountain Rescue were ongoing as of 8:30 p.m., DiSalvo said.
No other information was available as of press time.
Anyone planning on driving westbound through DeBeque Canyon this weekend had better schedule their trip before 6 a.m. on March 21, because a section of the westbound lanes will be closed from Exit 62 (DeBeque) to Exit 49 (at State Highway 65) throughout that day.
The lanes are being closed from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. that day to accommodate bridge work at the east end of the canyon, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, due to damage to the bridge piers by the fast-flowing Colorado River.
Westbound traffic will be detoured onto Mesa County Road 451⁄2, heading south for 12 miles to SH 65, turning north for 15 miles to rejoin I-70. The detour will be posted and staffed by traffic control personnel.
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