Highway reopens after rockfall cleared

Colorado Highway 133 near Paonia Reservoir has reopened to two-way traffic as work continued after rockfall closed the road on Sunday.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said contractor Yenter Companies has completed scaling of loose rock from the hillside, blasting rock on the roadway and much of the rock hauling.

The road will remain fully open through the weekend, but hauling is expected to resume next week, possibly lasting through Friday. That will require a lane closure and alternating traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDOT said delays should be relatively minor.

The rockfall had prevented travel between Paonia and the Roaring Fork Valley for two days, forcing motorists to take a 140-mile detour until a single lane could be opened.


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