Every year Rocky Mountain National Park snowplow operators begin plowing Trail Ridge Road in mid April. Crews from the west side of the park and crews from the east side move along the road to eventually meet near the Alpine Visitor Center. This just happened this past Thursday.
This year, snowplow operators have encountered less snow on the west side of the Continental Divide, and average snow pack on the east side. Park plow operators have dealt with days of low to no visibility, wind, drifting snow and icy road conditions
Weather permitting, park officials are continuing to work towards opening the road on Friday, May 22nd.
Below is a video recently published by the park showing some of the progress being made atop Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved highway in the United States, which reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet:
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