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January 28, 2013
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Mighty big rock falls in Glenwood Canyon

GLENWOOD CANYON, Colo. - A rock the size of a car slammed down onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 around 6 a.m. this morning. No one was injured, but a Glenwood Springs motorist reported having a very close call.

The rock slid off the hillside just west of the Shoshone Power Plant, where rockfall netting protects the roadway.

"It came from very low on the hillside, from just below the rockfall netting," said Nancy Shanks, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Without the velocity of a big fall, the rock just left a foot-deep pothole in the roadway. It did not punch through the bridge decking, Shanks said.

CDOT's control team in the Hanging Lake Tunnel command center closed the westbound lanes at the Hanging Lake Tunnel at 6:15 a.m., assessed the situation, and then reopened the westbound right lane only.

They then closed the westbound lanes again and used heavy equipment to push the rock across the road and onto the right shoulder. Traffic was allowed through in the left lane.

By midday, CDOT crews has blasted the rock into pieces and had hauled them away by 1:45 p.m. After making a pass with the snowplow, CDOT reopened both lanes to travel shortly after 2 p.m.


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The Post Independent Updated Jan 28, 2013 05:15PM Published Jan 28, 2013 03:51PM Copyright 2013 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.