US Highway 40 rock work is delayed until Monday

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— Rock work planned Friday along U.S. Highway 40 in Mount Harris Canyon near Hayden has been delayed until Monday, weather permitting.

The work will take place near mile point 113.7, or about six miles east of Hayden in the Mount Harris Canyon. Crews are scheduled to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said Thursday that drivers should expect delays of 20 minutes while traffic is stopped so rocks can be brought down from the cliff sides and cleared from the highway. There then will be single-lane, alternating traffic through the work area. She also warned of even longer delays of “45 minutes or possibly more if things don’t go right,” Shanks said.

Shanks said the rock work is being done because CDOT crews have been monitoring a crack in the rocks and noticed there had been some recent movement. Workers on Monday will be removing rock by hand and with the use of airbags that are inflated in cracks to loosen rocks.

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