EMPIRE, Colo. (CBS4) – Drivers are facing more delays on Interstate 70 in the high country on Wednesday.

Workers are doing more rock scaling work in Clear Creek County between Lawson and the Empire junction.


Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation hope to keep rocks from falling onto the interstate this winter.

“When we looked at this we saw additional rock features that could come down and we’ve been doing scaling operations throughout the summer,” said CDOT employee Michael Doyle.

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On Tuesday a CBS4 crew captured video of three rock scalers in safety harnesses using crowbars to dislodge rocks high up in the air.

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“I feel bad for the guys up there at 20 degrees,” said Doyle.

Crews say the rocks falling on the road during the operation may cause some minor damage to the road that will need to be repaired.

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Drone4 image of the area where the rock scaling is taking place. (credit: CBS)

CDOT recommends drivers budget an extra two hours to get through the Empire Junction area while the work is going on.


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