Drivers Warned of Falling Rocks

By: Katherine Cook Email
By: Katherine Cook Email

For 15 years, Lee Bowers has commuted from Woodland Park, to Colorado Springs. What he encountered on his way home Tuesday night, caught him by surprise.

"There was a boulder in the middle of Highway 24, 6 feet around!" Said Bowers, who was driving in the boulder-free lane at the time, and snapped a picture of the giant rock with his cell phone.

The big rock is broken up now, pushed to the side of highway 24 by The Colorado Department of Transportation. Highway Maintenance Supervisor Russ Bircher, says, drivers have had to share the road with boulders a lot this year.

"The moist weather we've had has really loosened the ground," said Bircher. "When that happens, the rocks just start sliding and falling."

Two years ago, C-DOT mitigated a long stretch of Ute Pass, to help keep boulders at bay. Chain link fences and heavy duty net-like restraints drape over large portions of canyon wall, to hold in the rocks.

The rock that fell Tuesday wasn't protected by the restraints, but Bowers says he's just glad something kept it from smashing into someone's car.

"The fact that it rolled down into the fast lane without hitting anyone was kind of a miracle," said Bowers.

If you notice a boulder or falling rocks along the highway, C-DOT says you should call State Patrol. You can do that on your cell phone by dialing *CSP.


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