276-mile procession on Friday for CDOT worker killed while on duty

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DENVER -- A 276-mile procession was held Friday from Jefferson County to Pagosa Springs for a Colorado Department of Transportation who was killed by a passing car last month.

Nolan Olson, 64, died Feb. 2 when he was hit by a vehicle while filling potholes on U.S. Highway 160. Olson was a CDOT equipment operator who worked for the agency for the past 14 years.

CDOT employees and others lined Highways 285 and 160 for the procession as it traveled south and west to southwest Colorado.

There were brief delays along the route.

It began at 8 a.m. at C-470 and West Bowles Avenue, went west to Highway 285, south to Colorado Highway 112, then west on Highway 160 in South Fork.

The formal procession began in South Fork with CDOT's Region 5 employees leading the final 42 miles over Wolf Creek Pass and into Pagosa Springs.

His remains will stay overnight at the maintenance patrol yard with employees serving as an "honor guard" to keep watch.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ross Aragon Community Center (451 Hot Springs Blvd.) in Pagosa Springs.

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