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I-70 rock slide cleared

Interstate 70 in western Colorado has reopened following a rock slide that closed both directions east of Palisade for about six hours.

No injuries were reported.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says a boulder up to 10 feet across tumbled onto eastbound lanes east of Palisade Wednesday. Smaller rocks fell on westbound lanes. A detour around the slide took about 90 minutes.

I-70 reopened Wednesday afternoon after workers broke up the boulder and hauled it away. Workers also dislodged other loose rock on a cliff above the highway.

The slide was 225 miles west of Denver and 18 miles east of Grand Junction.

Another slide briefly closed part of Colorado 82 between Aspen and Independence Pass but caused no injuries.

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