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Plow operators work to clear Trail Ridge Road

Posted at 5:50 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 19:52:59-04

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — A massive undertaking is now underway in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Plows work to clear Trail Ridge Road.

Plow drivers are tackling the daunting annual task of clearing the highest paved continuous road in the U.S. or Trail Ridge Road.

The road reaches 12,183 feet of elevation and after a long winter is often buried under anywhere from 18 to 22 feet of snow.

Crews begin plowing on both the west and east sides and eventually come to meet in the middle near the Alpine Visitor Center.

The goal is often to have Trail Ridge Road open to visitors close to the end of May, or early June,  the latest opening ever was June 26th, 1943.