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Colorado Says 'Memorial Boulder' Is Staying Put

State thinks it could become tourist attraction
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2019 4:26 AM CDT
In this May 27, 2019 photo, an 8.5 million pound boulder rests next to Colorado State Highway 145 after falling from nearly 1,000 feet from the nearby ridge and destroying the pavement between Cortez...   (Hugh Carey/Summit Daily News via AP, File)

(Newser) – A boulder the size of a house that tumbled across and gouged a southwestern Colorado state highway last month will stay put. State officials plan to rebuild the highway next to it, saving taxpayers money and possibly creating a tourist attraction, the AP reports. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis says Colorado will save about $200,000 by not blasting the 8.5 million pound boulder. He said people will also have the opportunity to see the boulder dubbed "Memorial Rock," which fell on Memorial Day weekend. It was the largest rock in a rockslide on Colorado Highway 145 near the town of Dolores on May 24 and ended up just off the road. The Colorado Department of Transportation says the total cost of fixing the road, adding a guardrail in front of the boulder, and completing the cleanup will be about $1.3 million. (Read more Colorado stories.)

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