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Monday, December 24, 2012 Colorado National Monument will temporarily close the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic due to hazardous driving conditions. With snow falling heavily and more on the way, the road is snow packed, and visibility is limited.
Once the storm has subsided, upper Rim Rock Drive will be plowed, sanded, and cleared within 24 hours.
During plowing and sanding operations, upper Rim Rock drive will be closed with three traffic gates. The gates are located west of DS Road, at 16 1/2 Road and at Independence Monument Overlook.
Temporary closure of the upper section of Rim Rock Drive during active storms will make clearing routes safer and more efficient. Closures may be a few hours to a few days depending upon the duration of the storm.
During temporary storm closures, all Glade Park motorized traffic will need to use DS Road or Little Park Road because 16 1/2 Road at Rim Rock Drive will be temporarily closed. Glade Park commuters who normally access Rim Rock Drive are encouraged to use DS Road on east Rim Rock Drive during active storms.
Colorado National Monument will continue to maintain the east hill and west hill of Rim Rock Drive during the storm event.
Pedestrians and bicycles will not be permitted on the upper section of Rim Rock Drive during active storms and when gates are closed. Walking or riding around the gate barricades is a serious safety violation and may result in a citation. The gates will be reopened as soon as the upper section of Rim Rock Drive has been cleared.
Information on developing storms and temporary road closures can be found by calling Colorado National Monument's Winter Information Hotline at 970-858-3617, ext. 402 or at the park's website http://www.nps.gov/colm.