CO 133 to remain closed for several days as rockslide clean up continues

October 20, 2016 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - GUNNISON COUNTY/PAONIA-Crews continue rock scaling on Colorado Highway 133 at the north end of Paonia Reservoir at mile point 29.5 where a rockslide yesterday deposited over 100 tons of debris on the highway causing extensive damage to the roadway surface and adjacent concrete barrier.

The event occurred Wednesday morning around 8:15 a.m. and no vehicles were involved in the incident.

The Geohazard unit is working today with the contractor to determine the extent of rock scaling operations needed to mitigate any future events and protect the safety of our crews and the traveling public.  Yenter Companies, Inc. has mobilized equipment to the site and once rock scaling operations are complete the contractor will begin downsizing and hauling debris from the site. Crews are shooting for a possible Saturday opening of the highway.

CO 133, in this area, is used by over 1,100 vehicles per day, of which 6.3 percent are trucks. Identified detour routes utilizing I-70 to the north and US 50 to the south, have been implemented.   The detours can add up to approximately 3 additional hours of travel.

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