Rockslide blocks I-70 in W. Colo.; no injuries

4:02 PM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
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PALISADE, Colo. (AP) - A rockslide has forced the closure of Interstate 70 in both directions in western Colorado, but no injuries were reported.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says a boulder up to 10 feet across tumbled onto eastbound lanes east of Palisade Wednesday. Smaller rocks fell on westbound lanes. 

The detour around the slide takes about 90 miles because of the distance between roads in the area. 

The closure could last hours. 

A contractor plans to break up the boulder with explosives and haul it away. 

Workers are also dislodging other loose rock on a cliff above the highway. 

The slide is 225 miles west of Denver and 18 miles east of Grand Junction. 

Another slide closed one lane of Colorado 82 between Aspen and Independence Pass but caused no injuries.

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