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May 6, 2013 10:52 AM by Adam Atchison

Independence Pass should be open by Memorial Day

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Transportation officials say they are on track to open Independence Pass near Aspen by Memorial Day weekend.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says it's working with avalanche experts to clear as many as 12 slide paths that can affect the road. Not all the paths present a threat every spring.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says about 3 feet of snow covers the roadway on the west side of the pass. That's 83 percent of average for this time of year. On the east side of the pass, the snowpack is 21 inches, or 100 percent of average.

The Aspen Times reports crews hope to have the pass open by May 23, the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend. Last year, mild conditions allowed crews to open the pass May 11.

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