US 6 Rock Slide August 1 2021 (Photo) Courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation

U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass is closed Sunday August 1, 2021 due to a mudslide late yesterday near Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

Photo Courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation.

A major mountain pass in Colorado's tourist country has shut down to all traffic after a mudslide left thick debris over lanes, according to Colorado Department of Transportation.

UPDATE 3:15 PM SUNDAY: U.S. Highway 6 - Loveland Pass has reopened to traffic following a safety closure between mile markers 222 and 228.7. Click here for CDOT's Travel Center for road closure and conditions updates.

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U.S. Highway 6 - Loveland Pass - is closed between mile markers 222 and 228.7 due to the mudslide on the west side of the pass near Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. 

MORE: 135 truck loads of mud cleared from I-70 in Colorado; Glenwood Canyon closure continues

The closure is due to concerns of motorists' safety as mud and rocks spill over the road.

Click here for Colorado Department of Transportation's Travel Center for updated road closures and conditions.

Transportation crews are escorting hazmat vehicles through Eisenhower Tunnel along Interstate 70 at the top of each hour or as traffic allows to clean debris. Traffic in the area may be held and delayed for the escort, crews said.

MORE: Mudslides force more than 100 to spend night on Colorado highway

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Loveland Pass is expected to be closed most of Sunday, "and probably longer due" to the mudslide late Saturday, CDOT officials said. An alternate route to avoid the mountain pass is Interstate 70 between Silverthorne and Georgetown through the Eisenhower Tunnel.

Loveland Pass crosses the Continental Divide at 11,099 feet above sea level, connecting Clear Creek County to Summit County.

Leslie James is all about Colorado when it comes to writing features, sharing adventures, and creating colorful galleries. She loves camping, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding. Leslie joined OutThere Colorado in November 2020.


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