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I-70 reopens at Georgetown after rock work

P. Solomon Banda
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado
The Colorado Department of Transportation works along the cliffs high above the town of Georgetown, Colo. on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. A 25-mile stretch of Colorado's main east-west highway was shut down Tuesday so crews tethered to a mountainside by ropes could pry loose unstable boulders threatening to tumble onto traffic 300 feet below. State officials planned to remove 40 boulders from the mountainside above Interstate 70 before reopening the thoroughfare later in the day. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson) MANDATORY CREDIT
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GEORGETOWN, Colorado – A 25-mile stretch of Interstate 70 is open again after being closed since morning while crews removed unstable boulders from a mountainside that were threatening to tumble onto traffic 300 feet below.

State transportation officials say crews were able to remove all the rocks and boulders Tuesday that were considered immediate threats. Some of the boulders on the mountainside along the interstate were as big as pickup trucks. A few houses in the area about 45 miles west of Denver were evacuated as a precaution.

Falling boulders killed two people on I-70 in the area in 1999.



Most of the work is finished, but there will be traffic stops of about 20 minutes Wednesday for clean-up work and a new net to catch falling rocks will be installed over the next two weeks.


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