Photos: Red Mountain Pass finally reopens, but rock slide fix only temporary

Update: Over the course of the past few weeks, we've told you about the efforts to reopen Red Mountain Pass, which has been closed to unfettered traffic since January 12, when falling rocks smashed onto Highway 550 south of Ouray, with others on the cliff side dangerously close to following suit. (See our previous coverage below.) At 8:30 p.m. last night, however, the road finally reopened, albeit to single lane, alternating traffic. See photos and get more information about the repair work and the continuing need for a long-term fix below.
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