Boulder rolled onto Hwy 24

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UPDATED LANE CLOSURE INFO

Several large boulders rolled onto U.S. 24 westbound the evening of April 23, requiring a right lane closure about one mile west of Manitou Springs on Ute Pass. There were no injuries or property damage.

Crews from Colorado Department of Transportation Department were able to push the boulders off the roadway and onto the shoulder area. Highway 24 was never closed to traffic since one lane remained open.

It appears the boulders "rolled" onto the roadway and did not damage the pavement - just pavement scratches.

Crews are on site breaking up the boulders into smaller chunks, allowing their removal in the next couple of days.

CDOT rock fall experts will be doing a technical analysis of the slope above U.S. 24 April 24, determining if additional mitigation work is required.

Rock fall in mountainous areas is common this time of year due to the recurring "freeze-thaw" cycle.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will close the right lane of westbound U.S. 24, one mile west of Manitou Springs, on Friday, April 26, to allow crews to break up the boulders that came down onto the highway Tuesday night.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will close the right lane of westbound U.S. 24, one mile west of Manitou Springs, on Friday, April 26, to allow crews to break up the boulders that came down onto the highway Tuesday night.

Drivers should expect some slowing through the area while the lane is closed from 9 a.m. until noon. CDOT Maintenance pushed the boulders onto the right shoulder area after the rockslide to allow the lane to reopen to traffic that night.

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