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Highway 74 reopens in Bear Creek Canyon after rockslide cleanup

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Highway 74 reopened in Bear Creek Canyon on Monday after a rockslide Sunday morning forced closure of the road for more than a day. 

Crews worked Monday to stabilize a rock wall next to the road after four boulders the size of compact cars crashed down on the pavement. Work was completed about 1 p.m., said Emily Wilfong, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

No one was injured in the rockslide, which dumped the boulders and baseball-size rocks onto the road near Idledale, according to Wilfong. The rockslide occurred about 11 a.m. Sunday at mile marker 12-14, the State Patrol reported.

Crews were back at the site at 8 a.m. Monday to clear debris and work on the rock wall, Wilfong said.

Spring's freeze-thaw cycles can make rockslides more common, Wilfong said. She advised drivers to pay extra attention when driving in canyon areas in the spring and to follow posted speed limits.

Contact Beth Potter at beth@evergreenco.com.