One Day Rock Scaling on SH 133 McClure Pass

July 20, 2012 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - GUNNISON COUNTY – Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews and rockfall contractor Yenter Companies will be doing some rock scaling (bringing rocks down by hand and with machinery) on SH 133 next Tuesday, July 24.

Crews may use a variety of methods to loosen and bring down rocks:  pry bars, air bags (inserted in cracks and then inflated) and possibly blasting.

“We have been having some large rocks coming down in this area for the last few weeks,” CDOT Maintenance Supervisor Eric Langford said. “There are a couple that look unstable, and we want to get them down as a precaution.”

The work will be done at mile marker 29, just above the Paonia Reservoir. There will be intermittent traffic stops in both directions throughout the day, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The length of the stop will depend upon the operation used and how much material is brought down.

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