CDOT Crews Clear Roadway After Rockfall Event Sunday on Bondad Hill, US 550 South of Durango

February 16, 2016 - LA PLATA COUNTY - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is clearing rocks today on US 550 about 10 miles south of Durango, near mile marker 6 at Bondad Hill.

Rocks came down Sunday, February 14, at about 4:45 a.m, and crews quickly cleared them to the inside lane of this three-lane section. Two-lane traffic was restored by 7 a.m. and rocks remain in the uphill (northbound) inside lane.

Today, crews are drilling the rocks in preparation for explosives work tomorrow and/or Thursday to break the rocks into smaller pieces that can be hauled away. It is estimated that about 70 dump truck loads (or 700 tons) of rock material will be hauled away. The event has caused roadway damage that is expected to take two truckloads of asphalt to repair.

TRAVEL IMPACTS/ALTERNATE ROUTE:  Likely through Friday, motorists can expect periodic traffic holds (more likely on Wednesday and Thursday, when rock blasting is underway) and some single-lane, alternating travel while trucks are entering and exiting the work site. Work will be done from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with crews making every effort to restore two lanes of travel by 4 p.m. each day). CDOT crews greatly appreciate motorists’ patience and attentive driving while this work is underway.

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