Jul 16, 2012 2:19 PM by Greg Boyce
Highway 24 is still closed in both directions to all traffic, including bicyclists, north of Leadville after a sinkhole opened up on the southbound shoulder of the highway a week ago. The closure zone begins near the top of Tennessee Pass at mile marker 166 and extends south to mile marker162. Crews are on site 24 hours a day to enforce the closure.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun an expedited emergency bidding process for highway repairs. Contractors have until 2 p.m. today to submit bids which will then be reviewed. CDOT is hoping to have a contractor on board late Monday or early Tuesday with repairs to start shortly after.
At this time, repair costs are anticipated to be between $1 and $2 million, which will include repairs to stabilize a collapsed railroad tunnel and fill the cavity under the roadway.
Repairs are estimated to take a little over a month, during which time the highway will remain closed to motorists and the detour will remain in place.
At this time, the repairs are tentatively scheduled to be completed ahead of when the USA Pro Challenge plans to go through the area, but the schedule is subject to change based on weather, natural disasters, and other unforeseen circumstances.
All motorists, including those who live locally, must continue to use State Highway 91 as a detour. The closure point is at mile marker 165, so access to local businesses and roadways remains possible.