Snow drifts force closure of Independence Pass

State transportation officials say they have closed Independence Pass near Aspen — possibly for the entire season — because of icy conditions and snow drifts of up to four feet.

The closure includes the area from just east of Aspen to west of Twin Lakes, approximately 18 miles.

The pass is usually closed around Nov. 7 of every year, so officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation will determine later today or this evening if a re-opening of the pass is possible.

The alternate route to Aspen during the months Independence Pass is closed is I-70 to Glenwood Springs, and SH 82 into Aspen.



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