Ice expected to persist as a headache for Tuesday’s travelers

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Ice expected to persist as a headache for Tuesday’s travelers

All county roads are in ‘bad shape’

Ice expected to persist as a headache for Tuesday’s travelers

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

01-09-17- Durango- A driver turns around at the road closed gate on U.S. Highway 550 a few miles south of Coal Bank Pass on Monday afternoon.
Stephen Simms, a snowplow driver with the Colorado Department of Transportation, lifts the road-closed gate on U.S. Highway 550 on Monday afternoon south of Coal Bank Pass after escorting cars that were between the closed gates. Simms quickly put down the gate after traffic passed.
It was near whiteout conditions on U.S. Highway 550 south of Purgatory Resort on Monday afternoon. Travel conditions aren’t expected to improve significantly on Tuesday.
A vehicle follows a La Plata County Sheriff’s Office vehicle down ice-covered County Road 125 south of Durango after county plows put down gravel. More than 20 vehicles were stranded Monday morning by the icy conditions. Traffic was diverted onto the road after a crash briefly closed U.S. Highway 160 west of Durango.
Hesperus Hill west of Durango was closed for about 30 minutes Monday morning for a crash and icy road conditions.
Edgar Ortiz of El Paso, Texas, puts cables on his car as Jon Chapman looks on Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 550 north of Purgatory Resort.
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