Rock slide closes Highway 145

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) CDOT says a massive rock slide near Dolores has closed Colorado Highway 145 indefinitely.

The slide happened late Friday afternoon, May 24th, about 12 miles north of Dolores, near mile point 22.

The giant rocks destroyed the full width of the highway, leaving an eight foot deep trench across both lanes.

Highway 145 is closed east of Dolores between mile point 15 and 45, near Rico.

CDOT says the rocks will have to be blasted off the roadway.

Here are the alternate routes:

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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