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Mudslide Closes Section of Highway 145

Colorado Department of Transportation

A thousand-square-yard mud slide has been cleared from a stretch of Colorado Highway 145 between Telluride and Placerville. The state Department of Transportation says a 15-minute downpour Wednesday night triggered the slide, which dumped sludge intermittently on three miles of road.

Eighteen workers, eight dump trucks, three graders and three front-end loaders labored six hours to remove the debris, but mud remains in the ditches and travelers will encounter traffic delays over the next two weeks while those are cleared.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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