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USColorado highway closed 'indefinitely' after massive boulders smash roadway

16:16  26 may  2019
16:16  26 may  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Watch CBSN Live. Massive boulder closes Colorado highway " indefinitely ". By Sophie Lewis. According to the department, a team is being sent to the site to examine the boulder , "which remains embedded on the highway needs to be blasted into smaller pieces in order to move it off the roadway ."

The road has been closed indefinitely since that time. The detour around I-70 is 213-miles long and No injuries have been reported. CDOT claims that “major damage” has been done to the highway , the retaining wall and Please always check www.cotrip.org for roadway conditions before heading out.”

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A highway along a Colorado mountainside is closed for the foreseeable future after a pair of massive boulders rolled downhill and left the roadway impassable, officials said Saturday.

The city of Ouray said on Facebook the "significant" rock fall took place later Friday afternoon along Colorado Highway 145 about 12 miles north of Dolores, located in the southwest part of the state.

"The slide consisting of dirt, rock and two huge boulders -- which have destroyed the full width of the highway pavement, leaving a trench approximately 8 feet deep across both lanes," city officials said.

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A road in Colorado is closed indefinitely due to a massive rock slide that produced two boulders large enough to wipe out a significant portion of the One of the boulders remains embedded on the highway , according to the Colorado DOT, which described it as the size of a building and said it will

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A photo posted by the city shows a person standing in front of one of the boulders, which officials said is the size of a building.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said on Facebook the building that sits on the highway is estimated to weigh 2.3 million pounds.

Another large boulder carved an 8-foot trench as it went over the roadway, and is estimated to weigh 8.5 million pounds, according to CDOT.

It’s relatively common for boulders and smaller rocks to fall on mountain highways, particularly in spring after the repeated melting and freezing of snow and ice creates new fissures on the mountainside.

But Friday’s afternoon rock slide along state Highway 145 between Cortez and Telluride was unusual in that it began on a slope about 1,000 feet above the highway, according to FOX31.

Boulder the size of a building blocks Colorado highway

Boulder the size of a building blocks Colorado highway A road in Colorado is closed indefinitely due to a massive rock slide that produced two boulders large enough to wipe out a significant portion of the pavement. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the boulders struck Colorado 145 on Friday between Cortez and Telluride. The slide included dirt and other rocks. The two huge boulders destroyed the full width of the highway pavement, leaving a trench about 8 feet deep across both lanes. The road is impassable, the department said.

The highway already was closed at that spot — almost continuously since January — and at a few other points along the dozens of miles of coast because of But Saturday’s slide was the largest by far, and authorities said they don’t know when it can be cleared. “Whether that roadway is even there

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Ouray officials said a geo-technical team, equipment and supplies are being mobilized to the site, but it is not known when the road can be reopened. The bolder that remains embedded on the highway needs to be blasted into smaller pieces in order to move it, according to officials.

Once the slope above is deemed safe, state officials said they plan to build a shoulder along the damaged roadway so at least a single lane of traffic can be opened.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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