How does the state transportation department (CDOT) clean up the roadways after a major rockfall? CDOT has created a video to show you. Just shy of a year ago, on January 12, 2014, a major rockfall on Red Mountain Pass in southwestern Colorado kept the Million Dollar Highway closed for a month; the governor declared it a “disaster emergency.” The video that CDOT made of the cleanup project is entitled Rocks on Red Mountain Pass: An Event that Tested Community, Commitment and Courage and is available to view online.
For basic background information on rockfall (also known as rockslides), see the Colorado Geological Survey’s publication Rockfall in Colorado. Search our library’s web catalog for more resources, including technical studies from CDOT.