State Highway 133 back open to two-way traffic after rock slide

By Real Aspen
May 10, 2013
State Highway 133 opened to two-way traffic Thursday at 8 p.m. as Colorado Department of Transportation rockfall contractor Yenter Companies completed rock scaling, blasting of rock on the roadway, and much of the hauling away at a rockfall site near Paonia Reservoir. The slide occurred on Sunday.

The roadway will remain fully open on Friday and through the weekend.

Next week, possibly Monday through Friday, crews will continue work to load and haul away the remainder of the rock debris that was pushed to the ditch. This will require a single-lane closure.

During the work next week, which could last through Friday, rock hauling will require a lane closure. Motorists will encounter single-lane, alternating traffic between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Delays will be relatively minor, as traffic will be kept flowing until dump trucks must cross back over, requiring a brief traffic hold in both directions.

CDOT’s separate project (with contractor TK Mining) is still underway north of the summit, between MP 44 and 49 near Marble, at MP 45. At this site, during periods of rock scaling work (done each day), traffic will be stopped in both directions for up to 20 minutes.

Delays may exceed 20 minutes as traffic queues are cleared in both directions. When scaling is not underway, travelers should still anticipate some delays and single-lane, alternating traffic, Monday through Friday (and some Saturdays) during daylight hours.

For information on CDOT projects statewide, log on to or call 511. Or sign up for highway updates by going to and choosing the green cell phone icon in the upper right corner.

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