Apr 24, 2010 11:51 AM by Associated Press

Crews move huge boulder off Denver-area highway

Colorado state highway crews have used heavy equipment to nudge a 60-ton boulder off a highway on the far western edge of the Denver area.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Mindy Crane says the southbound lanes of U.S. 285 near Indian Hills have re-opened after being closed since around 6 p.m Friday. Crews used front-end loaders and other heavy equipment to move the boulder onto the side of the road.

Crane says crews eventually will blast the boulder into smaller parts.

The boulder rolled down the hillside onto the road, possibly because of heavy rains.

The highway's southbound lanes will be closed in 10-minute intervals for about an hour starting around 8:30 a.m. Saturday to make repairs.


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