US 24 Ute Pass
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has developed new methods to help ensure the public is informed about road conditions and protocols for U.S. 24 on Ute Pass – primarily when flooding is possible but also when there are other impacts to travel.
In addition to continuing notifications by the use of electronic sign boards, CDOT is implementing the following:
CDOT is also encouraging people to follow the agency on Twitter and Facebook as information is regularly shared on roadway conditions and other issues of interest.
The closure protocol CDOT has implemented for Highway 24 will remain in place through September 30, requiring a closure of the highway whenever the National Weather Service issues a Flash Flood Warning for the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar area or the rain gauges installed at key locations indicate at ¼ of an inch of rain (information sent electronically).
Following the flood season, CDOT will again meet with local, state and federal agencies and officials, impacted communities and others to assess the current process and determine if changes need to be made regarding protocols. Since a number of improvements will have been completed, it may allow a reduction in the number of closures needed.
CDOT has closed the highway in the Ute Pass area nine times since May 2014. The highway was closed 17 times in 2013, including three flood events, the worst of which was on August 9, when, in addition to flooding, mud and debris covered the highway, and one fatality was recorded.