Spring snowstorms delay opening of Mount Evans Freeway this Memorial Day weekend – Colorado Department of Transportation
Clear Creek County—Due to additional snowfall in Mount Evans, some as late as this week, the Mount Evans Highway (Colorado Highway 5) will not be open to motorists for Memorial Day weekend. Late spring snowfall created dangerous conditions on the highway. Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews will continue to conduct roadway snow removal operations through next week, and information will be sent when the freeway is expected to safely open. All plowing operations are done according to weather conditions.
CDOT crews worked throughout May to clear the highway from the gates of Echo Lake Lodge to the summit of Mount Evans, which is the highest paved road in North America. The snow removal process involves five different pieces of machinery to safely and efficiently clear the roadway of all snow and ice, including a bulldozer, snow plow and snow blower. Late spring snowstorms and high winds this year blanketed previously plowed portions of the highway with more snowdrifts, so the highway will not open yet.
Please note that once the Mount Evans Highway opens, the USDA Forest Service directs motorists to the Mount Evans Recreation Area to make reservations through Recreation.gov. Reservations are required if you plan to park and visit any of the tourist sites developed at Mount Evans between 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reservations are not required for those biking or hiking the pavement. All reservations for days when the road is not open due to weather or road conditions will be automatically refunded through Recreation.gov.
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Travelers are urged to “inquire before you go”. Gather information on weather forecasts, anticipated travel impacts, and current road conditions before you hit the road. CDOT resources include:
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