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Hwy 24 washed out near Tennessee Pass

Postby tmathews » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:25 pm

Just FYI if anyone is heading in that direction. You might experience some delays.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/31257673/detail.html

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Re: Hwy 24 washed out near Tennessee Pass

Postby colokeith » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:03 pm

I am heading there this weekend. I will keep an eye on this. Thanks for posting
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Re: Hwy 24 washed out near Tennessee Pass

Postby Magnum420 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:14 pm

Last I heard they had one lane open, alternating traffic.

But... I just got this from cdot.

Closed: US 24 between Redcliff and Leadville due to sinkhole, no eta reopen go to cotrip.org or call 511
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Re: Hwy 24 washed out near Tennessee Pass

Postby tmathews » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:20 pm

Magnum420 wrote:Last I heard they had one lane open, alternating traffic.

But... I just this from cdot.

Closed: US 24 between Redcliff and Leadville due to sinkhole, no eta reopen go to cotrip.org or call 511


Yeah, this DP story was updated just about 20 minutes ago and says it's closed (with photo). There's a sinkhole that's 20x30ft and 45 feet deep.

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21037898/u-s-24-closed-at-leadville-due-giant


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Re: Hwy 24 washed out near Tennessee Pass

Postby Doctor No » Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:51 pm

BOBA FETT?

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Re: Hwy 24 washed out near Tennessee Pass

Postby tmathews » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:30 pm

Well, here's a twist:

@DenverChannel
Hwy 24 sinkhole turns out to be a century-old railroad tunnel that collapsed decades ago


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Re: Hwy 24 washed out near Tennessee Pass

Postby Doctor No » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:32 pm

I have to admit that I didn't expect that.

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Re: Hwy 24 washed out near Tennessee Pass

Postby Magnum420 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:20 pm

US 24 Sinkhole Update

July 10, 2012 - Northwest Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has one lane of US 24 open to traffic north of Leadville at mile marker 165 south of Red Cliff.

At this time, CDOT flaggers are present to direct traffic one direction at a time, as northbound and southbound motorists must take turns traveling through the closure area. This evening, a portable traffic signal will be in place to direct motorists for the foreseeable future.

Even though the sinkhole has been marked and barricaded from the highway, motorists are urged to slow down when driving through the area and to drive with extra caution. No commercial trucks, oversized loads, or overweight loads are allowed through the sinkhole area and are advised to use State Highway 91 as an alternative route.

After thorough examinations of the sinkhole yesterday involving a variety of engineers, maintenance supervisors, and geological experts, it was determined that the sinkhole is actually a century-old railroad tunnel that collapsed decades ago. The depth of the hole is currently estimated to be about 100 feet, and since the depths reach so far into the earth, much of the soil was still frozen until very recently. When the soil thawed, the hole was exposed.
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Re: Hwy 24 washed out near Tennessee Pass

Postby screefieldstevie » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:31 pm

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Re: Hwy 24 washed out near Tennessee Pass

Postby RJansen77 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:45 pm

I am hoping to head up to Holy Cross next weekend. As I haven't been there before, does anyone know which side of the closure the Tigiwon Road turnoff is on? Still alright to take I-70 straight to highway 24?
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Re: Hwy 24 washed out near Tennessee Pass

Postby anasarca76 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:50 pm

If it is between Red Cliff and Leadville as the article says, you should be able to get to Tigiwon Road through Minturn from I-70.

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