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Posted on: May 23, 2019

Snow Deters Road Opening Operations

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Montrose County and the U.S. Forest Service-Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests will not open 90 Road (National Forest System Road #540) or Divide Road (NSFR #402) until after Memorial Day. In an agreement with the two agencies, Montrose County Public Works begins spring plowing in an effort to open the major roads on the Uncompahgre Plateau by late May. Due to the overwhelming amount of snow—some of which has still been accumulating—the roads will remain closed for the holiday weekend.
“The high country received a significant amount of snow and depths of over four feet are still present at the top of the plateau,” said Public Works Director Keith Laube. “Crews will continue to plow with the goal of opening the roads in early June depending on conditions.”

Currently, 90 Road to Divide Road is open and a large turn-around area is available at the closure. Divide Road is impassable and should not be attempted. At this time, 25 Mesa (NFSR 544.1A) is open to the public. The two designated campgrounds on the plateau—Iron Springs and Columbine—are both closed to the public at this time. Sign boards and signage are both present at the base of the plateau on both sides to advise the public of the closures. The public will be notified as soon as the 90 Road and Divide Road are open to vehicle traffic.

Additionally, Dave Wood Road (NSFR 510) to Sanborn Park Road (NSFR 530) and the San Miguel River are both open to the public. For more information about the GMUG including camping information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/gmug.

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