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This terrifying video shows what crews had to go through to reopen Red Mountain Pass

Crews had to clear up to 60 feet of snow from the legendary high elevation Colorado highway.

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Colo. — Red Mountain Pass is one of the most notorious roads in Colorado summer the summer – and it’s even scarier during the winter.

The pass, which connects Ouray and Silverton at an elevation of more 11,000 feet by way of what’s been dubbed the Million Dollar Highway, is perpetually at risk of closing due to avalanches and rock slides. It was closed for weeks earlier this month due to a snow slide – and only reopened once crews were able to clear up to 60 feet of snow and debris from the highway.

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This was not an easy process, especially because even when it’s clear, the road at times has an 8 percent grade and no guardrails.

The Colorado Department of Transportation shared a video Sunday afternoon showing just what crews went through to get the road back open.

You can watch the terrifying footage above!

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