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Alternating traffic and delays continue on CO 145 north of Dolores

February 5, 2021 - Southwestern Colorado - Crews working to blast boulder to remove from highway

CO 145 Rock Removal

CO 145 Rock Removal

MONTEZUMA COUNTY ― Crews have been working throughout the day to drill holes into a 200-ton rock that has fallen onto CO Highway 145 between Dolores and Rico, and just north of the small community of Stoner and CR 38 (Mile Point 27). The boulder is too large to be moved with any heavy equipment. The holes being drilled will be filled with an explosive in order to blast the rock into rubble so it can be hauled away and removed from the highway.

Every effort is being made to complete the work by the end of the day. However, if the blasting cannot be completed before nightfall, temporary light signals will be set in place to direct traffic through the night. Work would resume at daylight tomorrow, Saturday.

Travelers are strongly urged to slow down and watch for workers and equipment. Motorists should allow for extra travel time. Traffic delays may be possible through the weekend. 

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Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include: