2.5 million-pound rock blasted in Highway 145 cleanup

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CORTEZ, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Road crews blasted a giant boulder Sunday as part of the efforts to clean up a rock slide on Highway 145 between Cortez and Telluride.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is cleaning up rubble from the blasting, and may not be done until sometime Monday.

The 2.5 million pound rock was part of a slide that destroyed a section of the highway on Friday. The road is still closed between Dolores and Rico.

Available alternate routes according to CDOT:

Westerly route (an approximate 4-hour drive):
• US 550 Montrose to Ridgway

• CO 62 Ridgway to Placerville

• CO 145 Placerville to Norwood/Naturita

• CO 141 Naturita to Dove Creek

• US 491 Dove Creek to Cortez

• US 160 Cortez to Durango

Easterly route (an approximate 3.5-hour drive)

• US 550 Montrose to Ridgway

• US 550 Ridgway to Ouray/Silverton

• US 550 Silverton to Durango

• US 160 Durango to Cortez

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