Colorado Hwy 145 will be rerouted around massive boulder |

Colorado Hwy 145 will be rerouted around massive boulder

The Associated Press
An 8.5 million pound boulder rests next to Colorado State Highway 145 on May 27, 2019, after falling from nearly 1,000 feet from the nearby ridge and destroying the pavement between Cortez and Telluride.
Hugh Carey/Summit Daily News

DENVER — A boulder the size of a house that crashed onto a southwestern Colorado state highway last month will stay put. State officials plan to reroute the highway around it — saving taxpayers money and possibly creating a tourist attraction.

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said Tuesday that Colorado will save about $200,000 by not blasting the 8.5 million pound boulder.

The boulder was the largest in a rockslide that destroyed pavement on a stretch of Colorado Highway 145 near the town of Dolores on May 24.

It will cost about $1.3 million to re-route the road, some of which will come from federal emergency funding.

Polis said people will also have the opportunity to see the boulder dubbed “Memorial Rock.” It fell on Memorial Day weekend.