The Colorado Department of Transportation is working on new procedures to help keep drivers safe when traveling through Ute Pass when flooding is possible.
CDOT crews are now patrolling Highway 24 between Manitou Springs and Cascade 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This will happen through October 1.
If the National Weather Service issues a Flash Flood Watch Warning or more than 1/4 of an inch of rain is detected in the burn area rain gauges, CDOT will close Highway 24.
It will stay closed until the threat has passed and the road is safe to drive again.
Electronic message signs along the highway will also warn drivers of flash flood watches, advisories or road closures.
“We learned last Friday just how quickly a Flood Watch can turn into a raging flash flood, so we’re instituting these new procedures because we cannot compromise public safety in the interest of keeping the highway open,” said CDOT Regional Transportation Director Tom Wrona.
According to CDOT, 25,000 cars travel on Highway 24 between Manitou Springs and Cascade every day.