CDOT works to reopen Highway 24 after rock slide |

CDOT works to reopen Highway 24 after rock slide

Vail Daily

MINTURN — U.S. Highway 24 remained closed Monday night after a rock-slide around 6:45 p.m. Saturday blocked the road between Minturn and Red Cliff at mile marker 148, a few miles east of Minturn.

Colorado Department Transportation crews worked through Monday blasting the rocks, some as big as pick-up trucks, to smaller pieces in order to clear the road. The pavement suffered significant damage that crews will need to repair before the road can be reopened, said CDOT spokeswoman Tracy Trulove.

“There were several holes we had to fill,” she said. “They’ll be back out at daybreak to work on that, and we’re looking at a midday opening.”

Specialists who investigated the area said the rocks fell from nearly 1,000 feet above the road, from a part of the mountain that is private property.

Residents of Minturn and Leadville had to find other ways to get to the Vail Valley, rerouting to Copper and over Vail Pass.

No one was hurt in the slide, but a couple of vehicles sustained damage in the incident, said Trooper Josh Lewis of the Colorado State Patrol.

The slide occurred in the same area where a major rock-slide occurred in April.

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