Crews blast apart massive boulder that closed Colorado highway

A crew has successfully blasted one of the massive boulders that destroyed a section of Highway 145 between Cortez and Telluride, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Photo: CDOT

Officials said they are “extremely pleased with the outcome”.

Trucks started hauling the fragments away so that traffic can begin flowing on a temporary road being built by CDOT’s maintenance division but the task of hauling away the rubble may not be completed until Monday.

The enormous 2.5-million-pound rock tumbled and plowed its way to the two-lane highway from a ridgeline roughly 1,000 feet above on Friday.

Photo: City of Ouray

CDOT officials say the second massive boulder, which created an eight-foot trench across both lanes and landed on the east side of the road, may remain where it sits.

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