Rocks down on Highway 133 south of Carbondale, expect delays |

Rocks down on Highway 133 south of Carbondale, expect delays

A large boulder fell onto Colorado Highway 133 about 6 miles south of Carbondale Saturday afternoon, closing the highway temporarily until a single lane was opened.
Courtesy CDOT/Sopris Sun

State Highway 133 south of Carbondale was expected to remain down to one lane into Monday morning where a large rockfall incident occurred over the weekend.

One lane reopened Saturday afternoon after one large boulder and several smaller ones came down on the highway about six miles south of Carbondale on the way to Redstone. 

Crews continued to work Sunday to clear the area, and were expected to continue cleanup work this morning in hopes of having the road fully open, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

A large rock blocked both lanes about eight miles south of the Highway 82/133 intersection Carbondale, according to Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Monique Merritt, who was on scene Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred just before noon on Saturday.

The northbound lane reopened about 2:30 p.m. and traffic was alternating through the area using a portable stoplight, according to the CDOT. 

There were no reports or injuries or damage to any vehicles.

Merritt said the rockfall happened near the Nettle Creek bridge, and the rock completely blocked the road.

“One person said it was bigger than a Suburban, but a couple of fire guys came back and said it was much bigger and completely blocking both lanes,” Merritt said.

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