August 1, 2012
A big rig rolls past the steep cliffs that line U.S. Highway 40 between Hayden and Milner west of Steamboat Springs. The Colorado Department of Transportation recently finished rockfall mitigation work along the stretch of highway that has been the site of numerous rockfalls and landslides in the past.
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The work involved removing 480 cubic yards of loose rock and installing 212,660 square feet of wire mesh meant to direct rocks into a ditch instead of allowing them to fall onto the highway. The project was finished on budget at a cost of $1 million.