Agencies to close 25 abandoned mines on Alpine Loop

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Agencies to close 25 abandoned mines on Alpine Loop

Project aims to keep people out, avoid injuries

Twenty-five abandoned mines are being closed on the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway for safety reasons.

Agencies to close 25 abandoned mines on Alpine Loop

Tim Hobson with Horizon Environmental Services pounds rebar into a hole drilled into the adit of a mine near Animas Forks on Cinnamon Pass Road (San Juan County Road 2). A steel grate will be placed to close the entrance to the mine. Twenty-five abandoned mines along the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway between Silverton and Lake City will be sealed this year.

Agencies to close 25 abandoned mines on Alpine Loop

The Department of Reclamation, Mining and Safety is in the process of closing 25 abandoned mines along the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway between Silverton and Lake City.

Agencies to close 25 abandoned mines on Alpine Loop

Large rocks fell to the floor of a mine shaft near Cinnamon Pass Road (San Juan County Road 2). Abandoned mines can pose many dangers, including deep pits, water hazards, falling rock and toxic gases.
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