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#SWCODOT CO 145 ROCK FALL UPDATE:
CO 145 between Cortez & Telluride is closed indefinitely due to a significant rock fall which occurred this afternoon. The slide is located approximately 12 miles north of Dolores, MP 22. The slide consisting of dirt, rock and two huge boulders which have destroyed the full width of the highway pavement, leaving a trench approximately eight feet deep across both lanes. The road is impassable at this time.

A geo-technical team, equipment and supplies are being mobilized to the site, but it is not known when the road can be re-opened. A boulder, the size of a building, which remains embedded on the highway needs to be blasted into smaller pieces in order to move it off the roadway.

REMINDER ABOUT US 550 SATURDAY CLOSURE:
US 550 north of Durango will also be closed between Purgatory and Silverton from 8:30 a.m. -- 1:30 p.m. for the Iron Horse Bike Race.

If travel is absolutely unavoidable, motorists may want to consider the alternate westerly route via Dove Creek, Slick Rock and Norwood. (see map among the photos) This suggested alternate route is expected to take just more than four hours of driving time.

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wow, at least you can go through Dunton Springs and still get to where you're going. This is just about a mile north of the turn off to Dunton Springs. Then you can take the forest service roads back to CO145 north.

Those boulders must have been travelling at a high rate of speed from the side of the canyon. Those suckers are at least 200-300 tons a piece. That must have made one heck of a noise when they were rolling down the hillside. That is some powah.
 

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How did you come across this?

You thinking about making the move doc? :D
 

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I work for the PA Dept of Transportation and this showed up in my feed from the Colorado Dept. of Trans on facebook..
 
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