McClure Pass to reopen to two-way traffic |

McClure Pass to reopen to two-way traffic

Colo. Highway 133 is set to reopen to two-way traffic Thursday night at 8 p.m., according to a statement released by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The contractor has completed rock scaling, blasting of rock on the roadway, and much of the hauling away at the site of a rockfall near Paonia Reservoir that closed the highway on Sunday morning. The roadway will remain fully open on Friday and through the weekend.

Next week, possibly Monday through Friday, crews will continue to load and haul away the remainder of the debris that was pushed to the ditch, which will require a single-lane closure, according to the statement. Next week, motorists will encounter single-lane, alternating traffic between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Delays will be relatively minor, as traffic will be kept flowing until dump trucks must cross back over, requiring a brief traffic hold in both directions.

Other delays

CDOT’s separate project is still under way north of the McClure Pass summit near Marble. At this site, during periods of daily rock scaling work, traffic will be stopped in both directions for up to 20 minutes. Delays may exceed 20 minutes as traffic queues are cleared in both directions.

When scaling is not under way, travelers should still anticipate some delays and single-lane, alternating traffic Monday through Friday (and some Saturdays) during daylight hours.

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