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Caltrans Clears 20-Ton Boulder from U.S. Highway 50 With Controlled Detonation



Caltrans News Flash #61 - Massive Rock Slid into Roadway, Posing Safety Hazard on Rugged, Rural Road

Date: January 14, 2016
District: Headquarters
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

SACRAMENTO - What do you do when a 20-ton boulder slides down the hill and blocks a rugged rural road in winter weather? In Caltrans’ case, you secure the area, dispatch trained crews and blow it up. Then you clean up the debris and get motorists moving again. This Caltrans News Flash explores the process from beginning to end.

It’s all in a day’s work for Caltrans crews, who cleared this behemoth on U.S. Highway 50 about 80 miles east of Sacramento.

This video may also be viewed at: https://youtu.be/mB3F_6ugM48.

This News Flash is the 61st in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube (http://bit.ly/1ez3LYz).

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