Mammoth boulder blame in effort to open main road between compound and Cortes

Crews blame a house-sized boulder estimated to be 2.5 million pounds in an effort to open a section of Colorado main road 145 between Cortes and compound, state transportation officials say.

CDOT workers set off a series of charges that sent rocks and boulders flying in the air on Sunday.

CDOT blame a massive house-sized boulder on Sunday in efforts to open main road 145. Read more from @kirkmitchell here: Video:

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Crews will pick the rock, dirt and dust up with excavators and load it onto trucks. It will take about 100 dozens to clear the main road, officials said.

Employees are working through Memorial Day in an effort to open the main road, according to a CDOT news release.

On Friday, two massive boulders plowed their way down to the divided main road from a ridge line about 1,000 feet above, CDOT officials say. The slide happened about 12 miles north of Dolores.

One of the boulders created an eight-foot trench crosswise some lanes and landed on the east side of the road, according to CDOT.

Check back for updates on this breakage news story.

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