U.S.Highway 6 Reopens Nearly Three Months After Rock Slide

Denver (AP) A section of U.S. Highway 6 leading to Central
City and Black Hawk is officially back open, after being closed for nearly three months. Authorities shut down the highway through Clear Creek Canyon in late June after hundreds of tons of rock poured down a 100–foot–high mountainside, just east of where U.S. 6 and Colorado Highway 119 converge.

Work crews had to remove 40,000 cubic yards of rock, much more than first thought, because of unstable conditions. They also installed 60,000 square feet of wire mesh to prevent more slides, and replaced 1,000 tons of asphalt.

Workers still need to install another 10,000 square feet of wire mesh, but State Project Engineer Russel Cox says the highway will remain open.

Officials say the total cost of the rock fall cleanup and
mitigation will amount to $3.2 million dollars.

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