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May 21, 2009
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Scenic Colorado roads opening for holiday weekend

ASPEN " Independence Pass, Aspen's popular gateway to Leadville, Vail and other mountain towns, opens at 2 p.m. Thursday, the Colorado Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

The opening of the eastern stretch of Highway 82 comes right before Memorial Day weekend. Last year the Pass did not open until June, while crews worked to clear snow.

Highway 82 over the 12,095-foot pass, east of Aspen, is closed during the winter because of weather conditions and deep snow.

DENVER, Colorado " The highway to the summit of Colorado's 14,264-foot Mount Evans will open for the season on Friday.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says the 15-mile stretch of Colorado 5 from Echo Lake to the summit will be open through the July Fourth holiday, weather permitting.

Transportation officials say the road will be closed on some weekdays after that to repair areas where frost heave has lifted asphalt surfaces.

The road is billed as North America's highest paved highway.

Rocky Mountain National Park officials anticipate opening Trail Ridge Road sometime on Friday.

The Aspen Times, Sky Hi Daily News and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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