The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be facilitating helicopter operations for the installation of a new avalanche remote control equipment above U.S. Highway 50 Monarch Pass on Friday, Aug. 30.
Located about 15 miles east of Poncha Springs, the operation requires full eastbound and westbound lane closures north of the Monarch Ski Area, specifically between mile markers 201 and 202.
According to CDOT those traveling over Monarch on Friday can expect delays up to 30 to 60 minutes and are encouraged to allow themselves extra travel time if taking U.S. 50 over Monarch Pass.
A press release from CDOT states, “As part of CDOT’s Whole System, Whole Safety Initiative, this new remote avalanche control system will ensure a safer avalanche mitigation program for CDOT and the public. The U.S. 50 avalanche control project includes installing a control shelter, which will house the equipment needed for the operation of the remote avalanche control system near the Monarch Ski Area. The new system will provide more efficient avalanche control, making the area safer for the traveling public. This remote system is also more reliable and safer for personnel to operate.”