Video: Slushy snow leads to rock slide, travel issues near Green Mountain Reservoir |

Video: Slushy snow leads to rock slide, travel issues near Green Mountain Reservoir

Crews work to remove rock-slide debris from a narrow portion of Highway 9 that hugs the southern inlet to Green Mountain Reservoir near Heeney, as seen from Heeney Road Thursday morning.
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The overnight storm has also resulted in major travel headaches in northern Summit County’s ranch country, namely a rock slide on Highway 9 along Green Mountain Reservoir near Heeney.

As opposed to the more snowy conditions at higher elevations in southern Summit County, northern Summit County’s lower elevations received plenty of precipitation overnight, but much more in the form of rain and slush. This precipitation deluged a messy mixture of slush and rain overnight that led to unstable conditions resulting in the rock slide on a cliff-side portion of Highway 9 that narrowly skirts the southern inlet to Green Mountain Reservoir.

This morning, at 8:50 a.m., the state’s Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced on its social media channels that there would be both north- and south-bond traffic delays in the area between Heeney Road and Haystack Mountain Road, with single lane alternating traffic during the rock slide cleanup. Travelers were encouraged to use Heeney Road as alternate route.

As of 10 a.m., there were about 50 cars backed up in stalled traffic in both directions of Highway 9, while a bobcat cleared the remaining rock slide debris.

Shortly before 11 a.m., CDOT announced the road had been reopened.

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