This rockslide won’t quit

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This rockslide won’t quit

Road to Ouray still closed as rocks stream off mountainside
Travis Torgersen, left, with Yenter Companies, photographs workers descending the rockslide two miles south of Ouray. The workers were pulling loose rocks away from the mountainside. Red Mountain Pass has been closed since the slide gave way Sunday. Vance Kelso with the Colorado Department of Transportation was also monitoring the slide from the road.
The slide buried 200 feet of U.S. Highway 550 on Sunday in as much 10 feet of debris in places. On Friday, rocks continued to cascade off the mountainside, littering the road.
Two workers pried rocks from the slide area Friday, which was triggered 900 feet above U.S. Highway 550 south of Ouray. The road will be closed for the weekend and no opening date has been determined.
Paul DeJulio, regional superintendent for the Colorado Department of Transportation, says a freeze-thaw process caused a giant slab of rock to break free Sunday above U.S. Highway 550. Water could be seen Friday flowing over the scar left by the slab that broke loose.
Alternate route

People who want to travel north on U.S. Highway 550 from Durango to Ouray and points beyond must take an alternate route until rockfall mitigation work is completed by Colorado Department of Transportation crews near Ouray.
The best route is over Lizard Head Pass on Colorado Highway 145: Go west on U.S. Highway 160 to Mancos (27 miles), turn north on Colorado Highway 184 toward Dolores (17 miles), take Colorado Highway 145 over Lizard Head Pass to just past Placerville (75 miles), and take Colorado Highway 62 east to Ridgway, where it intersects with U.S. Highway 550 (23 miles). (To get to Ouray you must go back south 10 miles on U.S. 550.)
The 143-mile route from Durango to Ridgway will take about three hours under good driving conditions.

This rockslide won’t quit

Travis Torgersen, left, with Yenter Companies, photographs workers descending the rockslide two miles south of Ouray. The workers were pulling loose rocks away from the mountainside. Red Mountain Pass has been closed since the slide gave way Sunday. Vance Kelso with the Colorado Department of Transportation was also monitoring the slide from the road.
The slide buried 200 feet of U.S. Highway 550 on Sunday in as much 10 feet of debris in places. On Friday, rocks continued to cascade off the mountainside, littering the road.
Two workers pried rocks from the slide area Friday, which was triggered 900 feet above U.S. Highway 550 south of Ouray. The road will be closed for the weekend and no opening date has been determined.
Paul DeJulio, regional superintendent for the Colorado Department of Transportation, says a freeze-thaw process caused a giant slab of rock to break free Sunday above U.S. Highway 550. Water could be seen Friday flowing over the scar left by the slab that broke loose.
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