Gunnison County Road 12 at Kebler Pass, located approximately four miles west of Crested Butte, will be closed for two-hour periods between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from Sept. 7 through approximately Oct. 15.
Travelers should expect up to two hour delays. Waiting traffic (one direction at a time) will be allowed to pass through the construction area every two hours, in order to accomplish increments of work. The passage times will occur at approximately 10, 12:30, and at 3. Once waiting traffic in both directions has passed through the construction site, the road will be closed for continued work. After approximately 5:30 p.m. until 8 a.m. the road will be open for through traffic.
The road closures will occur at the winter trailhead outside of Crested Butte on the east end of the project and at Splains Gulch on the west side of the project.
In the spring of 2015, heavy rains and the instability of the upper slope required emergency repairs to prevent the road from washing out. This project involves stabilizing and re-enforcing a cut bank and includes constructing a rock wall, installing buttressing and adding additional culverts to help prevent future damage to the road.
An alternative bypass route can be taken over Ohio Pass (CR 730) but will add approximately one hour or more to the driving time between Paonia and Crested Butte. This route will not accommodate trailers or large trucks.
Travelers are advised that trucks hauling rock associated with the project will be coming from both Taylor Canyon (NFSR 742) and Ohio Pass.
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.