Crews blast rocks to clear U.S. 36 between Lyons and Pinewood Springs

LYONS, Colo. - Crews working on U.S. 36 between Lyons and Pinewood Springs did more rock blasting Tuesday.

Exclusive video obtained by 7NEWS showed one of the blasts leaving a pile of debris across the roadway.

Blasting started Monday. However, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and contractor American Civil Constructors, Inc. brought down larger than expected boulders.

Monday night, when officials reopened the road, they had to use pilot cars to take traffic around the boulders.

Tuesday morning, they closed the road to blast the boulders.

Workers are trying to stabilize U.S. 36 in the area.

“It’s too close to the river,” CDOT spokeswoman Ashley Mohr said, “and could be washed away if the river floods again.”

She said that in order to stabilize the highway, they have to move it.

“Basically the river is going to flow where it wants to flow,” she said. “We know that we stand a better chance by moving the highway away from it.”

Mohr said that in order to move the highway they have to move the mountain.

Monday, crews dislodged 5,000 cubic yards of rock from the face of the mountain.

Learn more about the project: www.coloradodot.info/projects/floodrelatedprojects/us-36-lyons-to-estes

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