Daytime delays continue on Highway 133 near Paonia |

Daytime delays continue on Highway 133 near Paonia

DELTA COUNTY – Since Highway 133 north of Paonia opened to two-way traffic last Saturday evening, May 6, the Colorado Department of Transportation is still working to clear the area.Between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., motorists may encounter 30-minute delays while crews build rockfall reinforcement, down-size large boulders and haul material away. After 5:30 p.m. and until 7 a.m., the highway will be open to two-way traffic with no restrictions. This work will continue through Friday, and possibly into early next week.Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews and contractor Yenter Companies began work to mitigate further rockfall on Highway 133 near the Paonia Reservoir Dam on April 26. After crews cleared rocks that came down onto the highway on April 24, geologists determined that another large rock slab over the highway was loose and needed to be brought down. The highway was closed to traffic again on April 26 for the safety of workers and the traveling public.CDOT and Yenter crews worked long hours while the highway was closed for essentially 12 days – through May 6 – to blast, scale and clear rock material to get the highway open. The estimated cost for the work is about $75,000.

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