Several San Miguel highways will be closed as part of the Disaster Mitigation Project

Grant Underwood

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SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, CO – The backup power line that feeds Ouray County and runs along US 550 through the Red Mountain Pass must be rebuilt. This critical infrastructure project will significantly reduce wildfire danger, increase energy dependability, and extend the local middle-mile fiber-optic network.

According to the most recent update, there is a temporary suspension until the SMPA obtains approval from the CDOT. The city of Ouray has also posted road closures on its website. From August 9 to August 13, the first tree felling and project preparation will take place. On weekends, the Highway will be open. After that, the helicopter work will be done from August 16 to August 20 and will be available on weekends.

Then from August 21 to September 12, Toll Road will be open for three weeks. Then work resumed on logging from September 13 to September 17. Then work by helicopter will be carried out from September 20-24. Schedule changes may occur depending on the weather and other emergencies.

This infrastructure project is vital to reducing forest fires and expanding the local medium-sized fiber-optic network.

In addition, there were several road closures carried out during the delay. Just north of Silverton, near MM 87, is closed. This was followed by the closure of Ouray, south of Ouray, near MM 92.

A recent post on www.cotrip.org said the Highway would remain open overnight, as well as on weekends. If travelers cannot reach the closing point before the allotted time, they can take an alternative route west via Colorado Highway 145 via Telluride.

Not only that, but tourists can also take the alternative CO 145 route, which can be reached via South Cortez, via Colorado Highway 160. And also from the north via Placerville and Ridgway.

Tourists must anticipate delays in CO 145 due to development related to alternative routes. Further information on road conditions can be accessed at www.cotrip.org.

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