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Work continues on Hwy. 133 rockslide

Aspen Times StaffAspen, CO Colorado

PAONIA Weather has hampered the Colorado Department of Transportation’s effort to blast and clear away rock blocking Highway 133.Contractor Yenter Companies had good weather Wednesday, however, and CDOT reported progress at the work site. Crews used a crane-supported basket to lift men up the rock faces on either side of the slide, allowing them to drill holes and place explosives to bring down additional unstable debris.The site is near mile marker 29, south of McClure Pass and north of Paonia Reservoir.Crews anticipate bringing down an another 2,000 cubic yards of material that must be hauled away. Once the rock face is stabilized, work can continue to clear material from the highway in order to get at least one lane open to traffic, according to CDOT. The agency does not expect the highway to reopen before the weekend.Crews will continue to work during daylight hours, seven days a week, as weather permits, CDOT said. The highway was closed on April 18 after a huge boulder fell to the pavement, blocking both lanes. No one was hurt.Go to http://www.cotrip.org and click on Alerts & Restrictions for updates, or call 511 toll-free from anywhere in the state.


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