Traffic holds planned for Monday, Tuesday on Highway 40 between Winter Park and Berthoud Pass |

Traffic holds planned for Monday, Tuesday on Highway 40 between Winter Park and Berthoud Pass

Motorists should expect intermittent traffic holds on Monday and Tuesday while Colorado Department of Transportation crews conduct rock scaling activities on Highway 40 in between Berthoud Pass and Winter Park.

The traffic holds may last up to 15 minutes between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the right northbound lane will be closed, according to CDOT officials.

The rock scaling activities are part of a larger project to install avalanche control measures on I-70 near the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels and Highway 40 at Berthoud Pass. Remotely-controlled avalanche systems will be installed at four slide paths, as well as gas explosion systems Gazex and O’bellx.

Avalanche control systems are used to mitigate potential impacts caused by avalanches by intentionally setting them off.

“On avalanche-prone slopes that can affect highways, CDOT monitors conditions and employs various methods to bring down unstable snow in a controlled manner, minimizing impacts to the road and travelers,” officials said.

Construction on the project will continue into October, but CDOT expects minimal traffic impacts since the work will be completed off the highway. Crews may need to close highway shoulders and implement traffic holds when loading equipment or landing helicopters, which are used to carry lift equipment to remote work sites.

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