Hard Rock: Highway-Crushing, 8.5 Million-Pound Boulder To Become Colorado Landmark

An 8.5 million-pound (3.85 million kg) boulder which fell on Highway 145 in Colorado in late May will be turned into a new landmark called ‘Memorial Rock.’

The Colorado Department of Transportation had been exploring a number of different ways to remove the rock in order to clear the road. This included potentially packing it with explosives, blowing it up, and removing the rubble.

Instead, the decision has been made to leave the boulder in place and route the road around it. This will apparently cost $1.3 million, or roughly $200,000 less than it would have cost to blow up the boulder and clear up the mess.

The huge boulder fell approximately 1,000 feet from the ridge above the road and was joined by a smaller one weighing approximately 2.5 million pounds. Crews were able to blow up this one, which was also blocking the road between Cortez and Telluride.

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis hasn’t said how long it will take for the road to be rerouted nor when the landmark site will be opened.

When the huge boulders fell to the road, the Colorado Department of Transportation released the following statement:

“CO Highway 145 is closed indefinitely due to a significant rock fall which occurred late Friday afternoon. The slide is located approximately 12 miles north of Dolores, MP 22. The slide consisting of dirt, rock and two huge boulders which have destroyed the full width of the highway pavement, leaving a trench approximately eight feet deep across both lanes.”

  • Tydogg123 .

    Can someone please explain how the blasting route would cost $1.5 million?

    • Mr. EP9

      I’m guessing the cost of explosives needed and the equipment necessary to remove the debris, not to mention the other equipment needed to rebuild the road and the associated cost that comes along with that like fuel for example and other materials. Most likely, it’s just less work if you simply leave it in place and build around it.

    • Ishliss

      You would have all the added costs of rebuilding the road PLUS the cost of demolition and removal of the boulder.

      • Tydogg123 .

        I hear ya. Just seems like some dynamite and fixing 50 feet of road should be a solvable problem fixed in about a week and $50K. But government….. I guess.

    • dean

      the demolition company is owned by the governors idiot son in law, thats why

    • McFly

      8.5 million pounds – thats about $1,100,000.
      So even if it would cost two millions to remove it, they would still earn about $9 million.

  • Mr. EP9

    That boulder looks like it’s going to require quite a bit of high grade explosives to take out anyhow.

  • Adilos Nave

    Someone call Harry Stamper!!

    Can you imagine the thump that would have made when it landed? Dayum!!

  • GobbleUp

    What a photo!

  • SteersUright

    Just invite the rich for free countertop raw materials…it’ll be gone in no time.

    • Ben

      This guy has the good ideas.

    • CBV2020

      lol! And artists for small pieces to make jewelry.

  • Craig

    I’m sure glad he has his hard hat on. You know… just in case another rock falls! lol That hilarious joke out of the way… I think this is a great idea. I love to see in the rock in person myself. But why ‘memorial’?

    • CBV2020

      That’d be some helmet! lol. I’m imagining they’re blessing the rock with a memorial designation since it didn’t kill 100 people while finding a parking spot? This will keep the Rockin’ Ridge Gods from a second judgement!

      • Craig

        You just might be right at that!! lol

  • Craig

    At least now we know where KIA got the name ‘Telluride’ from!

  • Thunderbolt

    I believe the correct report was that it will cost $200,000 to blow up and clean up, but instead they will spend 1.3 million to build the another road.

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