OURAY, Colo. (AP) – Rocks continue to tumble down onto U.S. 550 south of Ouray (yoo-RAY’), and the Colorado Department of Transportation says the road will remain closed through the weekend.
CDOT says a 4-by-2-foot rock put a 6-inch hole in the road surface on Wednesday.READ MORE: Hazy Skies Over Downtown Denver Could Become A Regular Thing During The Summer
The highway has been closed in both directions since Monday.
Rocks began tumbling onto the road Sunday evening, and by Monday the rock fall was described as continuous.READ MORE: Denver Venue Requires Proof Of COVID Vaccine, Negative COVID Test For Some Shows
The closure severs the only direct route from Ouray to Silverton, normally a 70-mile drive over Red Mountain Pass. The detour, over Dallas Divide and Lizard Head Pass, adds nearly 100 miles to the trip.
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