McClure Pass Closed Due To Rock Slide

An estimated 100 tons of rocks, some as large as a garage, crashed onto State highway 133 16 miles north of Paonia yesterday afternoon, forcing the closure of the highway.

Rocks fell just south of McClure Pass across from the Paonia Reservoir dam, destroying about 150 feet of guardrail. The roadway is not believed to be damaged.

20 to 30 waiting motorists were allowed through the area before the highway was closed. Colorado Department of Transportation spokesperson Nancy Shanks says no-one was injured in the slide.

C-DOT crews will have to blast four or five of the larger rocks, which are as large as 20 feet square and 125 feet thick. Highway 133 will remain closed for most of Tuesday so removal work can continue.

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