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Berthoud Pass reopens, Loveland Pass expected closed through Sunday

4:02 PM, Feb 17, 2007   |    comments
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According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, US 40 at Berthoud Pass reopened just before 3 p.m. on Saturday. Crews had to clear away several miles worth of debris from an avalanche which occurred on US 40 on Friday before reopening it.

Loveland Pass on US 6 will remain closed through Sunday, due to adverse weather conditions, C-DOT says.

C-DOT says there are alternate routes to popular ski areas which bypass Loveland Pass.

To get to Winter Park Ski Area, take I-70 to CO 9, exit at Silverthorne and go north to Kremmling, then take US 40 to Winter Park.

To get to A-Basin Ski Area, take I-70 to CO 9, exit at Silverthorne, then take US 6 through Keystone to A Basin.

Traffic remains slow in the High Country as I-70 was closed intermittently Saturday morning as crews performed avalanche control work.

C-DOT says two crews are performing the avalanche maintenance – one near the Eisenhower Tunnel, which had traffic at a standstill until around 9 a.m.

The second crew was working to clear avalanche danger near Loveland Pass.

C-DOT says the crew on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel brought down an 8 to 10 foot deep slide which covered the westbound lanes of I-70 around 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Just after 9 a.m. both directions of I-70 was reopened, however C-DOT says it expects to continue intermittent closures throughout the day to perform avalanche control work.

Once the standing traffic clears, C-DOT says it will resume its avalanche control work east of the Eisenhower Tunnel. C-DOT says it cannot anticipate how long the closures will last on Saturday, as it all depends on how much snow comes down during their blasting, and now long it takes to clean the highway.

C-DOT was forced to close several area highways following poor weather conditions on Friday.

I-70 was closed for a big part of the day on Friday in both directions because of the weather, but it fully reopened around 4:45 p.m.

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